A group of about eighty participants and a good number of young children have challenged this morning’s stormy weather and made it a point not to miss the first cultural activity of Wirt iż-Żejtun. This cultural walk along the narrow and serpentine streets of ir-Raħal t’Isfel can be described as a success, notwithstanding the bad weather which forced the event to cut short at its last part when the participants were walking back to the Zejtun centre. This cultural walk was lead by Perit Ruben Abela, the President of Wirt iż-Żejtun.
The walk started at 9:45 by a short description aimed at giving a background to the participants on how the urban area of the town had developed by time. The group than walked through Triq Ħabel ix-Xgħir and visited is-Salvatur Chapel, which used to serve as the vice-parish of Zejtun up to the end of the 17th Century.
On their way to Triq San Klement, the group walked through Misraħ Bandolier and also visited Sqaq San Bastjan or as it commonly known by locals as Ħal-Dmikki. At this point the historical account on the last siege of 1614 and the role of the Zejtun people in this siege was given in front of the house of Klement Tabuni, the person who lead the Zejtun and Zabbar people who managed to stop the Turks from proceeding further to Birgu and Fort St Angelo. The point of this battle was marked by Klement Tabuni by the chapel which he built a few tens of metres away from his house and dedicated the chapel to St. Clement. Thanks to Rev Eric Overend, the parish priest of Zejtun, the group was granted access both to this chapel and the other chapel visited earlier during the cultural walk.
The group then walked through the lower parts of this hamlet, mainly through Triq Dun Mikiel Cassar and Triq Ħajt il-Wied, were they saw the old urban fringe and its interface with the countryside, marked by a high blank wall delineating the secure residential area in contrast with the much less secure rural area.
The participants were then granted a unique experience by visting part of Villa Cagliares, thanks to Mr Ray Gatt, who was responsible for the restoration of this important building and saved it from disrepair.
On the way back to the town’s centre the group walked through Triq Taltas and the tour was interrupted at the end of Triq Villa Cagliares when heavy showers made it impossible to proceede further. Notwithstanding this the participation and interst shown by those who attended was quite encouraging.
Well done Ruben,keep it up,because other areas of Zejtun can be the targets for such walks in the future. After 59 years I learned something about ir rahal t’isfel which I had never known before. This I did after reading this post on facebook,cause I could not come due to other commitments. Bye for now and awguri again.