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Gharb and Ta Pinu are closely connected since Karmni Grima who heard Our Lady talking to her came from Gharb
Remains of the Phoenician occupation were found at Gharb and according to Can G. Piet Agius de Soldanis 'ix-Xaqqufija' was a small hamlet where Romans used to live in the days of old.
In this remote village we find Byzantine names like 'Kardusa' near San Dimitri. Chev. Vincent Bonello explains that it might be possible that around the 7th Century, after being expelled from North Africa, some monks might have built chapels or monasteries in these areas. It could also be possible that the Byzantines inhabited the Islands before the Arabs did.
After the Arabs took over these islands Arabic became the official language. More than any other village in Gozo the older people still use such Arabic words as 'Wied id-Dluka', Wied ir-Rahab', 'Ghammar' and 'cuplajs', 'srew', 'ghannewwel' in their every day language.
About 60 years ago the people of Gharb used to wear the 'Kabozza' in the cold winter nights. The Arabs introduced the 'Kabozza' in these islands and it was always associated only with the village of Gharb. It was a kind of a cloak of heavy material with a hood and reaches down almost to the ankles.
Arabs in conference on flat roof top
Language scholars often cross over from Malta to listen to old people from Gharb talking in pure Gozitan dialect. Great Siege of Malta During the Great Siege of Malta in 1565 Gozo could not offer much help but this village was more or less involved owing to its position in the West of the Island of Gozo. Smoke signals used to be sent whenever enemy vessels were sighted. Grandmaster La Vallette was happy with the small part that Gozo played in the Great Siege. 'Kap il-Malti' served for many years as a sentinel against attacks from enemy ships.
An extremely interesting Folklore Museum centred around old-time tools and trades is open to the public on a daily basis. It is managed by the Local Council and the small fee is real value for money. Speaking from experience I found it very interesting indeed.
This Village is situated on the West side of the Island. It is not small in area but has a small population. It is a very quiet locality and is very popular with foreigners who settle in Gozo. The locals tend to be rather secluded although friendly and helpful. Many of them keep a few animals like sheep and goats and like to work in the fields on a part-time basis.
Behind the village further to the West a wide expanse of open country and rocky terrain adds further allure to the village. From the cliffs one can see an open view of the Mediterranean to the West.
A sweet Legend called 'Zgugina' is set around this remote and silent village.
Wied il Mielah (Salty Valley) A walk down to Wied il-Mielah on a fine day enables one to explore and enjoy the still undisturbed flora and fauna of this locality and inhale the fresh air mixed with the wonderful smell of wild thyme, fennel and other sweet smelling herbs.
Wied il-Mielah - Gharb, Gozo
This village is the home of two very holy people, namely Frenc ta' L-Gharb and Karmni Grima. Both of them were extremely devoted to Our Lady of Ta Pinu. In fact Karmni Grima is believed to have heard Our Lady talking to her while she was tilling her fields near the site where Ta Pinu Sanctuary now stands.
Frenc ta' L-Gharb was a herbalist in his own way and many people from all over the Maltese Islands used to consult him. He had great insight and healing powers which he administered through his steadfast faith in Our Lady of Ta Pinu. He used to call her "Is-Sinjura", meaning The Lady.
Promises to Our Lady of Ta Pinu
This photo shows some of the hundreds of souvenirs of promises donated by people who have been granted a favour or have been saved or healed by Our Lady of Ta Pinu.
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