Xewkija is a village on Gozo Island, Malta. The population of Xewkija is 3,305 (March 2013), that is the fourth largest in Gozo, after Victoria (6,911), Xag?ra (4,876) and Nadur (4,520).
The village, which is situated between G?ajnsielem and the capital city, Victoria, is the oldest in Gozo. It became the first parish outside Victoria on 27 November 1678. It was separated from the Matrix by Bishop Glormu Molina and Dun Grezz Farrugia from Valletta, became its first parish priest. It became the first district 'contrada' to be known as 'casale' or village.
The name is derived from the Maltese word "Xewk", meaning "thistles" or "thorns". Xewkija is famous for its church, The Rotunda (seen here mid-frame) , which is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. It is the Seat of the Knights of the Order of St. John, and was built from Maltese stone by local masons and craftsmen, replacing an older church. It is the largest in Gozo and its dome dominates the village. The architect was Joseph D'Amato.
A marble slab of Majmuna with an Arabic inscription dating back to 1173 was found in Xewkija. It commemorates the death of an Arab girl named Sarah, who died in Xewkija. The inscription is carved in a thick marble slab, on the underside of which there is a pagan symbol. Brother Gabrijel D'Alappo translated it into Italian and it was later translated into Maltese. It was sent to the Public Library in Malta in 1845 and brought to the Gozo National Museum in 1960.
Captured from a moving vehicle, so little time to properly compose the shot.
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berek (42836) 2014-07-27 0:15
So interesting architecture from Malta. Good light management. Well done
Have a nice Sunday
Mesut09 (378) 2014-07-27 0:21
I was gonna tell you that here is an arabian territory but i read ur information then i understood that is a arabian ruin..:) but thanks for the picture my friend
lousat (81566) 2014-07-27 2:05
Salut Steph,une capture vraiment originale avec beaucoup d'espace dedique' au ciel,l'architechture de l'eglise est originale et vraiment unique,la prise de vue la fait sembler une cathedrale dans le desert,tres bien fait! Bon Dimanche et merci,Luciano
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-27 3:04
remember this place, very few places begin with the letter X so it sticks in your mind. Plus of course the amazing church here stays in your memory as it rises majestically above the village. Captured perfectly.
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
mesutilgim (88454) 2014-07-27 3:06
Very nice capture from Malta with a golden light.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and have a nice weekend
jhm (143413) 2014-07-27 3:38
Excellent panoramic view with the church as real eye catcher.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Excellent composition and nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
Fis2 (89297) 2014-07-27 4:53
Very impressive colors.
Nice sunday afternoon
Silvio1953 (129220) 2014-07-27 5:29
Ciao Stephen, great view of fantastic Church in a lovely village, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (26996) 2014-07-27 5:52
You took this from a moving car? Wow, impressive result, a lot better than any on the move shots I have ever taken! I really like The central composition of the church in this scene, it makes the church the star of the show, and judging by its impressive appearance and formidable size, that is exactly what it is. I dont know why but at first glance the dome reminded me of that on the taj mahal.
Thanks as always
Sergiom (66129) 2014-07-27 6:08
Elle est très impressionnante cette église qui domine entièrement le paysage urbain qui l'entoure. Elle est d'une belle netteté dans un ciel impeccable.
Nicou (128776) 2014-07-27 7:30
Quelle image et compo quelle vue et compo superbe cette coupole et la végétation sèche en fond superbe image et compo.
Bravo et amitié
ourania (35794) 2014-07-27 8:45
I like very much the compact and yet very sharp and clear way the buildings, the rocks and the dry vegetation compose and describe this scenery. This place has unique character and charm and looks timeless. The sky is so soft and smooth and the contrast it creates is stunning, the cityscape is outlined very clearly against it. I also like how you retained the bright light without compromising colour balance or clarity. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
pierrefonds (59754) 2014-07-27 9:25
L'île de Gonzo a de beau secrets pour les photographes. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails, les couleurs de la falaise et des immeubles. La bonne luminosité met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
mirosu (15156) 2014-07-27 23:55
Superb view to beautiful church. I like the nice warm light and the arrangement in panoramic format, excellent. The color contrast against blue sky is very good.
Very well done.
P.s. Sorry for my slow response, but my access to internet is not very regular during my travelling.
carlo62 (37938) 2014-07-28 6:12
splendida doratura del paesaggio grazie a una luce molto calda.
Ottimo pov, una foto quasi minimalista di ottima fattura.
Cricri (110571) 2014-07-30 3:04
Jolie vue de l'église dominant le village, une architecture vraiment belle Comme beaucoup le sont a Malte, bon POV et couleurs
ChrisJ (103487) 2014-07-30 4:24
A superb warm vs cold color contrast between the blue sky and the reddish brown terrain in the fg. Good sharpness and the triple domed church in the bg makes a good focal point and centre of interest. Good result from a moving vehicle! Tfs!
PiotrF (11136) 2014-07-30 12:26
nice view of interesting architecture from Malta.Excellent colors, sharpness and clarity, so it's interesting and impressive. Very pleasant picture, interesting notes.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (88924)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-27 0:09