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Report 2011: Gozo, Calypso’s Isle

By Eleanor from UK, Spring 2012

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Page 20 of 26: Nadur

photo by MAW

Main Square with Church of St Peter and St Paul

This is the second largest village in Gozo, built on top of a ridge. It is surrounded by green valleys. Fruits, particularly citrus fruits are grown here. As always in Gozo, the skyline is dominated by the Church of St Peter and St Paul built on one side of the traditional square with the police station, red phone box, cafe, shops, banks and an ATM. On the opposite side to the church is an old stone cross. On a Friday morning the square was busy with a mobile fish van, hawkers van (dry goods, vegetables and fruit) and bread van.

Nadur has two churches in the centre of the village. The Church of St Peter and St Paul dominates one side of the square. Just down from the square is the smaller church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

We got lost on our way out of Nadur as there are few signs. We did a scenic detour via Ta'kenuna Tower on the edge of the cliff with dramatic views across fields to Ghanjsielem, Mgarr, Comino and Malta.

The spot had been used by the Knights to light communication beacons. The present building is one of three semaphore towers built by the British in 1848, passing signals to and from ships by telegraphic link.

It was restored in 2005 and now has a beacon to warn ships and communication antennae on the roof. At the base is a small garden with native plants.

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