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Ħal TarxienTarxien_header_cell_0_0_0

CountryTarxien_header_cell_0_1_0 MaltaTarxien_cell_0_1_1
RegionTarxien_header_cell_0_2_0 South Eastern RegionTarxien_cell_0_2_1
DistrictTarxien_header_cell_0_3_0 Southern Harbour DistrictTarxien_cell_0_3_1
BordersTarxien_header_cell_0_4_0 Fgura, Gudja, Luqa, Paola, Santa Luċija, Żabbar, ŻejtunTarxien_cell_0_4_1
MayorTarxien_header_cell_0_6_0 Joseph Abela (PL)Tarxien_cell_0_6_1
TotalTarxien_header_cell_0_8_0 0.9 km (0.3 sq mi)Tarxien_cell_0_8_1
Population (Jan. 2019)Tarxien_header_cell_0_9_0
TotalTarxien_header_cell_0_10_0 8,627Tarxien_cell_0_10_1
DensityTarxien_header_cell_0_11_0 9,600/km (25,000/sq mi)Tarxien_cell_0_11_1
Demonym(s)Tarxien_header_cell_0_12_0 Tarxiniż (m), Tarxiniża (f), Tarxiniżi (pl)Tarxien_cell_0_12_1
Time zoneTarxien_header_cell_0_13_0 UTC+1 (CET)Tarxien_cell_0_13_1
Summer (DST)Tarxien_header_cell_0_14_0 UTC+2 (CEST)Tarxien_cell_0_14_1
Postal codeTarxien_header_cell_0_15_0 TXNTarxien_cell_0_15_1
Dialing codeTarxien_header_cell_0_16_0 356Tarxien_cell_0_16_1
ISO 3166 codeTarxien_header_cell_0_17_0 MT-59Tarxien_cell_0_17_1
Patron saintTarxien_header_cell_0_18_0 AnnunciationTarxien_cell_0_18_1
Day of festaTarxien_header_cell_0_19_0 3rd Sunday of May (Annunciation)

3rd Sunday of July (Our Lady of Doctrine)Tarxien_cell_0_19_1

WebsiteTarxien_header_cell_0_20_0 Tarxien_cell_0_20_1

Tarxien (Maltese: Ħal Tarxien) is a town in the South Eastern Region of Malta. Tarxien_sentence_0

Its population stood at 8583 in March 2014. Tarxien_sentence_1

The town is most notable for the Tarxien Temples, a megalithic temple complex which is among the oldest freestanding structures on Earth. Tarxien_sentence_2

It forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tarxien_sentence_3

Etymology Tarxien_section_0

The etymology of the village may be a corruption of Tirix, meaning a large stone, similar to those used for the village's noted temples. Tarxien_sentence_4

The village motto is Tyrii Genure Coloni ("The Phoenicians created me"). Tarxien_sentence_5

Demographics Tarxien_section_1

Tarxien's population stood at 7,724 villagers in December 2008, which increased to 8,583 by March 2014. Tarxien_sentence_6

When the summer comes, the heat drives most of the citizens of Ħal Tarxien to the seaside villages of Malta, often bringing down the population of the village to about two-thirds of what it is during the colder months. Tarxien_sentence_7

Main sights Tarxien_section_2

Prehistoric temples Tarxien_section_3

Main article: Tarxien Temples Tarxien_sentence_8

The oldest temple here is said to date back to about 3600 BCE. Tarxien_sentence_9

The temples feature various statues and reliefs of animals, including goats (for which Malta is noted) and pigs. Tarxien_sentence_10

Most notable of the statues found in the Temples are about 2.5 m in height, and are said to represent a sort of Mother Goddess. Tarxien_sentence_11

There are several of these statues scattered around the various temples, and are thought to represent fertility. Tarxien_sentence_12

There was also one of three small baked clay figurines in the form of what is said to be a priest that was found here. Tarxien_sentence_13

Churches Tarxien_section_4

The parish church of Ħal Tarxien is dedicated to the Annunciation of Our Lady, hence the Tarxinizi (the people of Ħal Tarxien) consider the Blessed Virgin Mary, particularly at Her Annunciation as the Patron and Protector of their town and its whole population. Tarxien_sentence_14

The church was elevated to the status of parish in 1592, making it one of the oldest parishes of Malta. Tarxien_sentence_15

A key part of Ħal Tarxien culture is the feast of the Annunciation, whose feast is celebrated in late May or first Sunday of June. Tarxien_sentence_16

It is celebrated with religious celebrations and liturgical services at the parish church, and publicly with street decorations, band marches in the village streets and large aerial and ground firework displays. Tarxien_sentence_17

The second largest church in town is dedicated to the Resurrection of Christ better known by the locals as "Ta' l-Erwieħ" (Maltese pronunciation: [tɐlɛrˈwɪːħ). Tarxien_sentence_18

The word means "of the souls" and it is used due to the old cemetery that surrounds the church. Tarxien_sentence_19

This church is right next to the renowned Tarxien Neolithic Temples and is visited by many tourists as many of the prehistoric remains were also found in the mentioned cemetery. Tarxien_sentence_20

There are two other small chapels in Ħal Tarxien. Tarxien_sentence_21

These are dedicated to St. Bartholomew and St. Mary respectively. Tarxien_sentence_22

There is also another chapel which is housed in the convent of the Sisters of Charity. Tarxien_sentence_23

This is dedicated to 'Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception'. Tarxien_sentence_24

The same congregation have a school. Tarxien_sentence_25

There is also another church dedicated to St. Nicholas of Tolentino and a convent which belongs to the Augustinian Friars. Tarxien_sentence_26

Local Council Tarxien_section_5

The Ħal Tarxien local council members are: Tarxien_sentence_27


  • Joseph Abela Galea (Mayor, PL)Tarxien_item_0_0
  • Darlene Vella (Vice Mayor, PL)Tarxien_item_0_1
  • Christian Pace (PL)Tarxien_item_0_2
  • Neil Portelli (PL)Tarxien_item_0_3
  • Tommy Debattista (PL)Tarxien_item_0_4
  • Anabelle Marmara (PN)Tarxien_item_0_5
  • Ismael Dalli (PN)Tarxien_item_0_6

Band clubs Tarxien_section_6

The only band club in Ħal Tarxien is the Għaqda Mużikali Marija Annunzjata founded in 1862. Tarxien_sentence_28

The Ħal Tarxien Band Club main aims are to promote the music culture amongst the locals of Ħal Tarxien and to co-organise the external titular festivities in honour of the Annunciation of Our Lady, Patroness of Ħal Tarxien, held annually during the last week of May. Tarxien_sentence_29


  • The Annunciation Band Club (L-Għaqda Mużikali Marija Annunzjata)Tarxien_item_1_7

There is also another club, a social one, dedicated to Our Lady of Catholic Doctrine. Tarxien_sentence_30


  • Our lady of Christian Doctrine Social Club(Ghaqda Socjali Madonna Tad-Duttrina)Tarxien_item_2_8

Fireworks organization Tarxien_section_7


  • Ghaqda tan-nar San Gabriel www.stgabrielfireworkstarxien.comTarxien_item_3_9
  • Ghaqda tan-nar Madonna Tad-DuttrinaTarxien_item_3_10

Notable people from Tarxien Tarxien_section_8


  • Former Prime Minister of Malta Dominic Mintoff lived in Ħal Tarxien and died at his residence there on 20 August 2012.Tarxien_item_4_11
  • Former Minister Magistrate Dr. Joseph Cassar.Tarxien_item_4_12
  • Former Speaker of the House of the Representatives and Ambassador of Malta to the Vatican, Chev. Dr. Jimmy Farrugia lived at Ħal Tarxien until his death in 2007.Tarxien_item_4_13
  • Chev. Raffaele Bonnici Calì, painter, restorer and local historian lived in Ħal Tarxien until his death in 2002.Tarxien_item_4_14
  • Thea Garrett, singer. She represented Malta at Eurovision Song Contest 2010.Tarxien_item_4_15

Twin cities Tarxien_section_9


Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarxien.