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Mediterranean Facade - Balzan

Balzan (or Ħal-Balzan) is the name of a small village found towards the centre of the Maltese Islands in the Mediterranean sea. It is one of the so called three villages, together with Attard and Lija.


The village originally consisted of a group of small dwellings and farms, but eventually grew, becoming a parish in the 17th century.

The village of Balzan was named after Maximillian Balzan who was a Spanish merchant who settled in Malta in 1567. He married a Maltese girl. He was granted a large area of land (which became the village of Balzan) for services rendered to Grandmaster Jean de la Vallette and the Knights of the Order of St John. This land was known as ta-Balzan and nicknamed "il-moru" (the Maure - meaning the place in Spain occupied by the Maures.



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Taken on June 26, 2011