Santa Venera

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Santa Venera

Saint Venera
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Town hall and part of the Wignacourt Aqueduct at Santa Venera
Flag of Santa Venera.svg
St Venera coa.svg
Coat of arms
Virtus in infirmitatate per fictur
Santa Venera in Malta.svg
Coordinates: 35°53′23″N14°28′40″E / 35.88972°N 14.47778°E / 35.88972; 14.47778 Coordinates: 35°53′23″N14°28′40″E / 35.88972°N 14.47778°E / 35.88972; 14.47778
Country Flag of Malta.svg  Malta
Region Central Region
District Northern Harbour District
Borders Birkirkara, Ħamrun, Msida, Qormi
   Mayor Stephen Sultana (PL)
  Total0.9 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)
  Density8,400/km2 (22,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Vendriż (m), Vendriża (f), Vendriżi (pl)
Vendrin (m), Vendrina (f), Vendrini (pl)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code 356
ISO 3166 code MT-54
Patron saint St. Venera
Day of festa Last Sunday of July and 14 November
Website Official website

Santa Venera is a town in the Central Region of Malta, with a population of around 6,932 (March 2014). [1] It is located between the towns of Birkirkara and Ħamrun, and it also borders Qormi and Msida.



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Casa Leoni

The Old Church of Santa Venera was built in 1473, and it was enlarged in 1500, rebuilt between 1658 and 1688 and again in the 19th century. This church remained as the parish church until 1989. A new church was blessed in 2005. [2]

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The reconstructed Wignacourt Arch

In 1610, Grandmaster Alof de Wignacourt financed the building of the Wignacourt Aqueduct to transport water from springs in Rabat and Dingli to the capital Valletta, passing through various towns along the way including Santa Venera. The Aqueduct was finished in 1615, and an ornamental gateway was built where it crossed the road between what is now Fleur-de-Lys and Santa Venera. The arches stopped at a tower known as it-Turretta (the Turret) also known as Tower Guard, also in Santa Venera. From this tower, water continued its journey to Ħamrun, Blata l-Bajda, Floriana and Valletta through underground pipes.

Casa Leoni, also known as Palazzo Manoel, was built around 1730 during the reign of António Manoel de Vilhena. Its design is attributed to Charles François de Mondion, the French military engineer who also designed Mdina Gate and parts of Fort Manoel. During the French blockade, Casa Leoni served as a Maltese insurgent command base, and it later served as a residence of Governors of Malta, a depository of the Museums Department and a government primary school. It now houses the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change. The palace has a large garden behind it, part of which was opened to the public in 1977 as Romeo Romano Gardens. [3]

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Former 7 Up factory, now multipurpose shops, restaurants and apartments

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the town of Santa Venera saw more development and various churches and institutes were built. [2] The town was considered as part of Birkirkara until 1912, and it became a separate parish six years later in 1918.

A 7 Up factory was located at Santa Venera until it was closed in 2002. The factory was demolished to make way for flats but the façades of the buildings were retained. [4]

In 1990, a large church began to be built in Santa Venera. Although it is still unfinished as the belfries have not yet been built, it was consecrated in 2005 as the new parish church. [5]


The flag and coat of arms of Santa Venera are red with a white stripe in the middle and three red fleur-de-lys on the stripe, taken from the coat of arms of the Grandmaster Alof de Wignacourt who ruled the islands from 1601 to 1622. The flag was introduced when Malta's local councils were created in 1993.


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Vincenzo Bugeja Conservatory and Chapel of St Vincent

Santa Venera has a number of educational institutions which include the following:


Main roads

Zones in Santa Venera

Gieħ Santa Venera

This is an award given every year to personalities who have left a mark in the locality of Santa Venera. In 2016, the award was given to ALS Malta founder, Bjorn Formosa M.Q.R. Previous winners include Mario Coleiro and Mario Calleja.

Twin towns – sister cities

Santa Venera is twinned with: [6]

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  1. "Estimated Population by Locality 31st March, 2014". Government of Malta. 16 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Santa Venera". Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  3. "Palazzo Manoel – Casa Leoni, Sta Venera". Times of Malta . 10 November 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  4. "Ex 7-Up factory to become flats". Times of Malta . 23 March 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  5. "Archbishop inaugurates new parish church". Times of Malta . 18 July 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  6. "Twinning". Government of Malta. Retrieved 18 September 2019.