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About Attard

The locality of Attard with a population of about 10,000 is abundant with public gardens, the most renown is San Anton Gardens which is also the presidential palace.

The inhabitants of Attard are known as Saracini which means Saracens. This locality grew mainly in the eighties as Government allocated land under home ownership schemes and thus new areas were developed around the old parts of Attard.

This locality is also characterized with villas and bungalows. St. Mary is the patron saint of this locality. This locality was very popular with many wealthy families who built their summer homes in Attard. Since this locality stood between Mdina and Valletta most of the transport activity passed through here.
  

Wignacourt aqueducts as well as the railway passed through this locality. Attard is close to Ta’ Qali, the main recreation area on the island. Agricultural activity is still practised in its rural areas.

Attard (Maltese: Ħ'Attard) is a village at the centre point of the island of Malta.


Together with Balzan and Lija it forms part of "the Three Villages" and has been inhabited since the Classical Period. It has a population of 10,134 as of March 2011.[1] Attard's traditional Latin motto is Florigera rosis halo ("I perfume the air with my blossoms") due to its many flower gardens and citrus orchards. Attard is abundant with public gardens, including ornamental trees and flowers, maintained by the Local Council. The inhabitants of Attard are known as saraċini.

As a municipality with its own local government structure since 1994, Attard covers a surface area of about seven square kilometers. Its population, including the modern estate of Misrah Kola and surrounding environs, is around 10,000. It comprises to its North, facing the city of Mdina, the flat expanse called Ta' Qali. Beneath it the area known as Ta' l-Idward joins with Misrah Kola, across from Wied San Martin (St Martin's Valley), Wied Inċita (Valley of Instigation) and Wied Irmiedi (Valley of Ashes), on the Żebbuġ side.

 

Its western front is bordered by Wied is-Sewda (Black Valley), on the Qormi side. This is an anciently inhabited area known as Tax-Xarolla or That ir-Rahal and contains the "Tax-Xarolla Catacombs". On 3 September 1935 in a field known as 'Ta' Farrat' near the Xarolla Windmill, a tomb was found dating to the periods of the Carthaginians and Phoenicians, alongside later Roman pottery remains. On 13 June 1930, a Roman tomb was uncovered nearby.[2]

 

To its East, up to Tal-Mirakli (of the Miracles) chapel on the Lija side, is a large zone called Ta' Fġieni bordering the village core and the 17th Century parish church at its center, built by architect Tumas Dingli. Dingli, born and bred in Attard, is best known for his work on Grandmaster Alof de Wignacourt's aqueduct, the "Porta Reale" entrance into Valletta and several churches. Of these, only Attard's parish church (with its idiosyncratic façade) remains unaltered. South of the village core is the Sant'Anton Quarter, named for San Anton Palace and the palace's botanic gardens, both built by the Knights between 1623 and 1636. It is now the official residence of the President of Malta and has long been a symbol of Attard.