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Xewkija
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0149448

Houses of Character

Xewkija

Available On: 01/05/2018

0149448




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A 400 year-old mill converted into a farmhouse, in which all the characteristics features are kept in their original state. The mill room has been converted into a large open plan kitchen, dining and living room. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the facilities (electric oven, gas hob, microwave oven, fridge, freezer, electric kettle and toaster). The dining area is fit for 10 persons and the sitting area is equipped with very comfortable sofas and 2 sofa beds, with TV, DVD facilities and a working desk. On the ground floor one finds a bathroom with shower and patio with some garden furniture. On the 1st floor one finds a balcony overlooking the patio, double bedroom, one twin room and a triple room with an en-suite and another common bathroom with shower. Besides, a spare comfortable and foldable bed is always available. On the top floor there is a washroom with washing machine and drying facilities. Also, for your comfort, when organising a barbeque you will also find a kitchenette with fridge, freezer and toilet. On the roof garden you will find a charcoal barbeque. The terrace is decorated with garden furniture such as sunbeds, dinner table, parasol & chairs. One of the main attractions offered here is a large 8 person heated Jacuzzi situated on the roof terrace where one can enjoy a 360 degrees view of the beautiful island of Gozo.

PROPERTY 

SPECIFICATIONS

No of Bedrooms
3
Total No of Bathrooms
3
En-suite
1
Kitchen/Dining/Living
Laundry Room
1
BBQ
Yes
Jacuzzi
Yes
Views
Open Views
Balconies No of
1
Front Balcony Type
Open
Side Balconies No of
1
Side Balcony Type
Open
Roof Garden
Yes

LOCALITY 

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Image titleXewkija lies in the middle between Mġarr Harbour and Victoria. Xewkija is dominated by a huge rotunda church completed in 1971 after some 20 years building. It is Gozo's answer to the Mosta Rotunda in Malta, and it was built in similar fashion, over an earlier, 17th century church which was only demolished at the last. The dome is larger than St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The church has capacity for a congregation of 3000, the entire population of Xewkija. It was funded entirely by local donation and built mainly with labour from the village. The interior is stark and plain in comparison to the Islands' usual baroque decoration, but is spectacular for its cavernous size. A small museum houses relics and paintings from the earlier church. The village has ancient roots despite its modern image. It was the first parish outside the capital and according to legend the first place on Gozo to convert to Christianity. The area was settled by the Arabs. A remnant of Arab culture in the whereabouts of Xewkija is the renowned marble slab of Majmuna (pron. Maimoona) with an inscription in Arabic dating back to 1173. The slab is the tombstone of an Arab girl named Majmuna, who died and was buried in the area between Xewkija and Sannat. Today the Majmuna Stone is one of the most highly cherished historical treasures in our islands and could be found in the Museum of Archaeology in Victoria. The Arab influence lasted well into the time of the Knights - several balconies on 17th century houses are in the richly-carved Moorish style. The landscape around Xewkija has evidence of earlier times. The deep, scenic gorge, known as Mġarr ix-Xini, was cut by a prehistoric river. This natural landmark leads to a small inlet which was used by the Knights as a galley harbour. They built a tower on the headland to defend their base. Today, Mġarr ix-Xini is relatively quiet bathing spot with a small, shingle beach.

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