September, 04, 2019

The Planning authority’s popular monthly architecture and heritage planning tour will this year take visitors to the south of Malta to the city of Zejtun.    

When a Grandmaster decides to elevate a village and give it the title of a city using the surname of his very own mother it sure has to be an important place. Ferdinand von Hompesch, the last Grandmaster to reign in Malta, gave the title of Città Beland to the locality of Zejtun in 1797.

The origins of Zejtun goes back to the Phoenician and Roman times. Originally Zejtun, known as Terra Santa Catarina, covered the south east part of the Island extending to the outskirts of the walls protecting Cottonera. Up until 1680, Zejtun primarily had two separate residential communities – one known as Bisqallin still referred today as Ir-Rahal t’Isfel and Hal Gwann and Hal Bisbut, known as Ir-Rahal ta’ Fuq. Development during the eighteenth century and the construction of the new parish church in between the two communities formed the present centre and linked the two to form one community.

During the walking tour, participants will gain a holistic appreciation of the urban fabric of Zejtun which is primarily immersed in traditional winding roads. Participants will be taken to see the aesthetical richness of several buildings of architectural and historic significance including the summer residences of Grand Master Perellos and Archbishop Cagliares, the Aedis Danielis Palace and other important landmarks within the city. The tour will also give participants a better appreciation of the various initiatives that the Planning Authority have rolled out over the years from which Zejtun and its residents benefitted.    

Free transport will be provided and will leave from Floriana (in front of the Planning Authority Offices) at 9:00hrs. The tour will conclude by 12:30hrs.

To book a place for these tours call us on 2290 2021 or send an email on [email protected]. These tours will be organised once a month and bookings will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. A €3 fee will be charged per person. The fee will this year be donated to Marigold Foundation. 


Dates of the Educational visits will be:

20th October 2019  

17th November 2019

1st December 2019

12th January 2020

23rd February 2020

15th March 2020

26th April 2020

24th May 2020