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The Location


The Location

Exploring the rich history of a charming village in Malta, one finds Ħaż-Żebbuġ, a locale that exudes an inviting, timeless ambience. Despite its considerable residential area, Ħaż-Żebbuġ retains the quaint feel of a village, offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

In 1777, Grand Master de Rohan bestowed ‘city’ status upon Ħaż-Żebbuġ, marking this distinction with an impressive arch along the main approach. This arch serves as a gateway to a place where time appears to stand still, inviting wanderers to explore the depths of its historical roots.

Historically, Ħaż-Żebbuġ played a pivotal role as Malta’s agricultural hub, with cotton as its primary cash crop. The village showcases a plethora of magnificent patrician houses and palazzos, showcasing architectural splendours spanning the 16th to 18th centuries. The name ‘Ħaż-Żebbuġ,’ translating to ‘village of olives,’ reflects its agricultural past, once a hub for olive oil production.

At the heart of Ħaż-Żebbuġ lies the parish church dedicated to St. Philip, a masterful piece of 17th-century architecture attributed to the son of Gerolamo Cassar. The church’s opulent baroque interior and the intricate Maltese scenography within its side chapels stand as tributes to the village’s artistic and religious fervour throughout the ages.


For an authentic Maltese experience, Zebbuga Guesthouse welcomes visitors to immerse themselves in the charm of Ħaż-Żebbuġ. Discover the narrow lanes and historical treasures of this enchanting village, with Zebbuga Guesthouse serving as your gateway to the timeless allure of this historic gem nestled in the heart of Malta.

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