The first locality you encounter when you arrive with the ferry in Gozo is Ghajnsielem, specifically the Mgarr Harbour area. Ghajnsielem literally translated means the Spring of Peace, however, it is also believed to mean the Spring of Selim, a Turkish Navel Commander who stocked up his ship's water supply from the Gozitan every time he sailed by the islands. In the village you could find a natural water spring which the villagers used as a wash-house, however this was demolished in 1954 to be able to extend the village square.
The Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, which overlooks the harbor offers magnificent views, especially at sunset and sunrise. The 18th Century Fort Chambray overlooks Gozo's southern sea cliff and Xatt l-Aħmar Bay overseeing the Comino Channel. At the heart of the village you can find the Lombard-Gothic Parish Church dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto. In the center there is also "Pjazza tad-Dehra" (square of the apparition), where it is alleged that Our Lady had talked to a local shepherd named Anglu Grech.
Ghajnsielem became an independent Parish in 1855 but the new church as we know it today was consecrated in 1978. Ghajnsielem is a highly religious village even today, in fact several religious processions take place yearly and are greatly attended. It is interesting to see that in this village several NGOs, clubs and organizations are active and form part of community life.
|Male / Female||50.14% / 49.86%|
|Population density||444 per km2|
|Average price||€ 216,878|
|Average price per m2||€ 2,069|
|Sold in the last 30 days||11|
|Currently for sale||156|