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P64 – Wigncourt Mwejgel Towers Loop
July 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm CESTFree
Most of the coastal towers in the south of Malta were built following the Turkish incursion of 1614. St. Thomas Tower, built by Wignacourt had within its line of sight the church of St. Gregory (which doubled up as a watch tower) and the De Redin Coastal Towers built a few decades later.
We’ll meet again next to St. Thomas (Alof Wignacourt) Tower (Google Maps: VH6F+F3 Marsaskala, Malta) .
John Darmanin will lead this walk. Tucc and I will also walk with you.
The walk starts at 7:30 p.m. (please be there there before). We will first take us inland with an incline past Torri Mamo and St. Caetan Church to Sant Antnin Family Park and across to il-Bidni, Limits of Zabbar.
Until 1615 Zabbar was part of the parish of Zejtun. Although a sanctuary to our Lady of Graces existed as a place of pilgrimage even then the vice-parish church of Zabbar was a church dedicated to St. James. Zabbar became a parish under Bishop Baldassare Cagliares in 1615 and our walk takes us on what used to be the boundary between the Zabbar and Zejtun parishes (most of which is now part of Marsascala).
From the Bidni area we’ll start a gradual descent to the De Redin Tower known as Mwejgel or Giddida Tower, and from the coast we loop back through Zonqor Point past the prominade to St. Thomas Tower, Marsascala.
We kindly request all those intending to join us to follow the 6 health rules we listed in https://xircammini.org/covid-19/covid-19-keep-calm-carry-on-8/ under “Local Trekking | Health Directives”.
It is a 10km to 12km walk. It is strongly advisable that you have suitable walking shoes and some water and also a light. Please also wear a smile. It suits you. This is not a power walk but we do try to maintain a brisk pace.