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Gudja is a village in the Southern Region of Malta with a population of 2,997 as of March 2013. The village is located on a small hill south of the city of Valletta overlooking Malta International Airport.
Motto and villagesGudja's coat of arms bears the motto "PLURIBUS PARENS", which means "Mother of many children". These children are Safi, Kirkop, Ħal-Farruġ, Luqa, Mqabba, Birżebbuġa and Tarxien, which at one time were all part of the parish church of Gudja. From Tarxien then, another three parishes emerged: Fgura, Santa Luċija and the Christ the King Parish of Paola. Then again, from the latter, another parish emerged: the Our Lady of Lourdes parish at Paola.
Palazzo DorellA palace known as Palazzo Dorell is located in Gudja. It served as the headquarters for British forces under General Graham during the French blockade of 1798–1800.
ChurchesThe parish church is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and it's the only one in Malta with 3 bell towers. The most conspicuous of these is the William Baker Tower, built in the 1858 by this English architect. The Church inside offers some interesting objets d'arte. The titular painting of the Assumption of the Virgin was painted by the Italian painter Pietro Gagliardi in 1887. The same painter was commissioned with the painting 'Our Lady of Mount Carmel' in 1889. Another interesting painting is 'The Death of Saint Joseph', painted by the Italian artist Domenico Bruschi in 1894. The most important sculpture inside the church is the titular statue of the Assumption of Our Lady, sculpted out of solid wood in 1807 by the Maltese Vincenzo Dimech. It is the oldest processional statue in the Maltese Islands featuring the Assumption of Our Lady. Gudja also has a famous 600-year-old chapel of Bir Miftuħ (which means "open well"). Bir Miftuh was already established as a parish prior to 1436 and so it is one of the first twelve parishes of the Maltese Islands. The architect Girolamo Cassar, who is known for designing many buildings in Valletta, was possibly born in Gudja (although some sources state that he was from Birgu).
OtherPop singer Madonna stayed in Gudja during her short visit in the island.
Schools in GudjaWilliam Baker Primary School, St. Mark Street St. Joan Antide School, Filippu Castagna Street, a school run by the sisters of St Joan Antide
Places of interest in GudjaSt. Mary's Parish Church (at Main Street) Annunciation Chapel (at Annunciation Street) Palazzo Dorell (at Gudja By-Pass) Bir Miftuħ Chapel Ħal-Resqun Catacombs Ta' Loretu Chapel (situated overlooking the runway on the road leading to Ħal Far) Ta’ Għewra pre-historic site
Zones in GudjaBir Miftuħ (Open Well) Ta' Loretu (Loreto's Village) Ta' Xlejli Tal-Ħamra (Reddish Village) Tal-Lampat Tal-Lebbien Tal-Millieri Tal-Mitħna (Mill's Village) Tat-Tajjara (Cotton's Village) Ħas-Saptan
Gudja Main RoadsDawret il-Gudja (Gudja By-Pass) Triq Bir Miftuħ (Bir Miftuh Road... ... (English)
Nearby sights panorama
Malta Xlokk (292m)
St Mary's Chapel, Bir Miftuħ (584m)
Santa Luċija (1585m)
Santa Luċija (1588m)
Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni (2051m)
Safi, Malta (2296m)
Tarxien Temples (2468m)
Malta International Airport (2473m)
1919–20 Maltese Premier League (2506m)
Għar Dalam (2648m)
1933–34 Maltese Premier League (2686m)
1932–33 Maltese Premier League (2686m)
List of windmills in Malta (2691m)
Xarolla Windmill (2691m)