Ta' Xbiex

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Ta' Xbiex
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Ta' Xbiex seafront and Parish church
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Flag
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Coat of arms
Etymology: "the nets"
Motto(s): 
Sole illuminata marique amplecta
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Coordinates: 35°53′57″N14°29′53″E / 35.89917°N 14.49806°E / 35.89917; 14.49806 Coordinates: 35°53′57″N14°29′53″E / 35.89917°N 14.49806°E / 35.89917; 14.49806
Country Flag of Malta.svg  Malta
Region Central Region
District Northern Harbour District
Borders Gżira, Msida
Government
   Mayor Max Zammit (PL)
Area
  Total0.8 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)
  Total2,012
  Density2,500/km2 (6,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Ta' Ta' Xbiex
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
XBX
Dialing code 356
ISO 3166 code MT-58
Patron saint St. John of the Cross
Day of festa Sunday before 25 November
Website Official website

Ta' Xbiex (Maltese pronunciation:  [tɐ ˈʃbɪːʃ] ) [1] is a locality and Local Council in the Central Region of Malta with a population of 2148 (estimated 2019) [2] It is part of a small headland within the Marsamxett Harbour, right between the villages of Msida and Gzira.

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Etymology

It is said that the name Ta' Xbiex originates from it exact geographical location as it faces the rising sun. The Maltese word 'Tbexbex' is descriptive of the sun as it rises. Others say its name might originate from word 'Xbiek' meaning fishing nets as would seem appropriate from its inhabitants being able to sail and fish freely from its shores. [3] Indeed, its coat of arms depicts a ship's wheel further confirming its connection with the sea. [4]

Important Buildings

Many of the beautiful houses in Ta’ Xbiex house a number of foreign embassies. The Whitehall Mansions has is a prestigious address, and an example of unique Maltese architecture. The building presently houses, amongst others, embassies of Egypt, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Australia and the British High Commission. In the 1950s it was known as The Wrennery being the residential quarters of the Woman's Royal Naval Service (WRNS).

There are also a number of service providers such as insurance companies, law firms, auditing and accounting firms.

Among the original villas situated in the streets opposite the sea, one finds Villa Oxania, which belonged to the noted physician and leading archaeologist.Sir Temi Zammit (1864-1935), and Villa Cloe, home to Sir Arturo Mercieca (1878-1969), long-time president of the Maltese Courts and a well known political leader. Both patriots died while they held residence at Ta' Xbiex.[ citation needed ]

St. John of the Cross Church

This church became a parish in 1969 and is run by the Carmelite Monks. Decorated in the Basilical and Roman style, it is known for its quite unique Crucifix which is 420 cm high and 240 cm wide. [5] Put in place in 1971 this large steel Crucifix is based on a drawing by St. John of the Cross and may be the largest reproduction of its kind and the only silhouette cross in the world. [6]

Yachting

For many years in the 1950s various battleships were berthed in the Msida/Ta' Xbiex creek. From the1960s right up until today, Ta' Xbiex hosts many private boats with people from all nationalities making this location their berthing home for short as well as long stays. [7]

The Royal Malta Yacht Club, sits proudly on the Ta' Xbiex seafront and plays host to the very popular Rolex Middle Sea Race. Tracing its origins back to the 1800s, this yachting club now enjoys well equipped premises and facilities on a site it renovated in 2008. It also houses a 65 berth Yacht Marina in the same location. [8]

Ta' Xbiex is also home to a 720 berth Msida and Ta' Xbiex Yacht Marina. Due to its stratic location, the marina is sought-after for its central location and the shelter afforded from the prevailing North-Westerly winds, while the breakwater protects against a North-Easterly swell. [9]

Several marine services providers are also found in the area.There are a number of restaurants along the coast that take advantage of the location, catering for the yachting community whilst also offering spectacular harbour views of the Bastions in Valletta and Floriana. [10]

Sport

Ta'Xbiex forms part of a sea-side promenada that runs from Pieta all the way to St Julians. It is a very popular route for runners who enjoy a backdrop of historical bastions, seaviews as well as busy city bustle as they move into Gzira, Sliema and St Julians. [11]

Local Council

The Ta' Xbiex Local Council is formed by the following: [12]

Mayor: Maximillian Zammit

Deputy Mayor: Oriana Calleja

Councillors:  Louise Cachia Castelletti

                      Eugenio Muscat

                      Rosario Portelli

Executive Secretary: Yasmine Tonna

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References

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  13. "Villa Gloria in Ta' Xbiex also manifests influence of the Stile Littorio idiom. From a distance the villa loook much like the other villas surrounding it. However, a closer and critical inspection reveals an astute illusion. The columns along the façade are similar to a fascio... Having been built in the 1930s it is at least tempting to consider the possibility that the fascio was not an accidental inclusion, but an intentional design element of these peculiar columns." Muscat, Mark Geoffrey (2016). Maltese Architecture 1900–1970: Progress and Innovations. Valletta: Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti. p. 56. ISBN   9789990932065.

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