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St Paul’s Island

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Just off the coast of Bugibba you can see the tiny St Paul’s island, notable  for the statue of the great man which stands on its highest point.

Believe it or not, the island was inhabited in the not too distant past, when a farmer lived in what is now a ruined farmhouse right next to the statue.  He packed his bags and moved off the island in the 1930’s, and nobody has had the inclination to make it a home since then.  Not surprising, as a life being buffeted by wind and the hard-scrabble terrain make it a less than idyllic spot in which to live.

However you can visit the island, and we popped over there with the Seahorse cruise company.   They do a boat tour which also goes around the coasts of Xemxija and Selmun, and gives you a different perspective on the familiar (to me at least) sights of St Paul’s and Bugibba.  The best views of Malta are generally from the coast looking out to sea, or the other way around, rather than from within the sometimes claustrophobic inland towns.

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Two Famous Statues of Christ in Malta

Two statues of Jesus, in two very contrasting environments.

First we have the Statue of the Risen Christ, which sits atop a hill in Gozo, near Marsalforn. The hill in question – Tal-Merżuq Hill – has been the subject of legend for many a year. Although to be honest, Malta is such a small place that any slight geographical anomaly has probably got about fifteen legends to it’s name.

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