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Naxxar

Naxxar municipality is about 11 square kilometres and has more than 13,000 inhabitants. Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, Birguma, Magħtab, Salina, part of Madliena, Naxxar centre, Santa Marija tax-Xagħra, San Pawl tat-Tarġa, Sgħajtar area belong to the Naxxar municipality.

The megalithic remains from the Bronze Age are on Qaliet Marku in Tal-Qadi, in the caves in Tal-Qattara and in Ta 'San Brinkaw, Punic graves are at the Naxxar Primary School, Catacombs in Salina and Magħtab. The wagon tracks at the slope of the Great Fault , Salina, Tarġa and Għadira proving  that the past of Naxxar goes way back in time.

In the past people opted for a higher place to live. This way they could see the enemy and  the enemy arrive and fight them better. Those who lived below were more likely to be looted by pirates. To see the enemy, arrive early, defence works were needed, starting with militia units that kept watch, then towers, forts, The Victoria Lines, batteries, etc. Naxxar also counts several of these fortifications. The natural height of Naxxar and steep rock walls also gave a natural protection to this defensible area.

92 men from Naxxar are listed on the Militia list of 1419-1420. More men are mentioned in only five other places.

It is not entirely clear what the origin of the name Naxxar comes from. There are various philosophies about the name.

When Saint Paul was shipwrecked, the people of Naxxar were the first to offer help. That is why most philosophies can be related to this event, such as:

Nassar (Nasra) which means "conversion to Christianity";

"Nsara" or "Nazaroei" which means "those who believe in the preaching of Christ" who came from Nazareth and thus "Nozri";

The word "naxar" would come from "nazar", which in Jewish means "chosen for him" or "someone who is alone". This is because the nearby Arabs had a village called Ħal Muselmiet, which means "the Muslims' village." For this reason, the Christians started another village - that of the Christians and therefore the name of Naxxar.

The name "Naxaru" is mentioned on the Militia list of 1419-1420.

Naxxar means "someone who sees, separates or cuts" (materials). Naxxar has many stonemasons, perhaps there is a relationship with that.
The motto of the place is 'Prior Credidi', which means first believers.
Opening hours
Tuesday - Friday
9:00 - 15:00
Saturday - Sunday - public Holidays
10:00 - 17:00

Last admission
Advice 60 minutes before closing
Closed
Ticket / admission fee

Adults (16+ yrs)
€ 6.00 + € 2.00
Youth (3- 15 yrs)
€ 4.00 + € 1.00
Children (0-2 yrs)
Free
Disability Card Holders
€ 3.00 + € 1.00
Seniors Card Holders
€ 4.00 + Free
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