Pieta' gets its name from the Italian word La Pieta', meaning Our Lady of Sorrows. This is also the name of the chapel and rectory which were built in 1612. Pieta was home to several large important cemeteries including a plague cemetery that was built in 1594, a cholera cemetery built in 1865, and a military cemetery built in 1915 during the First World War. The latter, is a Commonwealth Landmark Site.
The first inhabitants of Pieta' came with the Ottoman military camp during the Great Siege of 1565. After this a community settles in the area mainly due to the proximity to Valletta, the new capital. The Dominican friars built a bigger church, dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima in 1954 considering that the population in the locality continued to grow. In 1968, Pieta' became an independent parish.
The promontory overlooking Pieta' was developed by the 1920's and it became known as Guardamangia. This area hosted Malta's General Hospital, St Luke's, which was built in the 1930's by the British. This in turn led to an increase in the development around the area. This increase in population led to Gaurdamangia and Pieta to join as one single locality. An interesting fact about Pieta is that since most mothers gave birth to their children in the hospital most of the Maltese citizens have Pieta' as their town of birth.
The most well-known landmark in the in the Gwardamanga area is Villa Gwardamanga. This villa is a large two-story building dating back to 1900, it is widely renowned for its elaborate entryway which is reached by a double-staircase and boasts several unusual architectural features. The Villa was acquired by Lord Louis Mountbatten in 1929 and was used as the residence of the then Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain, later Queen Elizabeth II, when she resided in Malta between 1949 and 1951 while her fiancé, and later husband, the Duke of Edinburgh was stationed in Malta serving the Royal Navy. The Queen has re-visited the villa during her state visit to Malta in 1992.
|Male / Female||47.64% / 52.36%|
|Population density||8,040 per km2|
|Average price||€ 244,889|
|Average price per m2||€ 2,180|
|Sold in the last 30 days||61|
|Currently for sale||524|