Three Villages

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View of Attard and the surrounding area from the walls of Mdina.

The Three Villages (Maltese: It-Tliet Irħula) refers to the Maltese villages of Attard, Balzan, and Lija, which are around the centre of the island.[1] The Three Villages are known as such because of their close proximity to one another. In some cases one side of the street is part of one village while the opposite side of the same street is part of another village.

The three villages are also very similar in layout and age.[2][3][4]


During the Order of St. John the three villages were sought after for country residences and hunting lodges, of which many built there large palaces as a symbol of nobility and to some extent even superiority over the rest of Maltese society.[5]


From 1993 to 2014 the population of Attard and Lija increased whilst Balzan's population decreased and grew in age.[6]

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  1. ^ Richards, Brian (2008). Malta. London: New Holland Publishers. p. 89. ISBN 978-1845378714.
  2. ^ Planet, Lonely. "The Three Villages travel - Lonely Planet". Lonely Planet.
  3. ^ Rix, Juliet (26 January 2018). Malta. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 232. ISBN 9781841624525.
  4. ^ Bain, Carolyn (26 January 2018). Malta & Gozo. Lonely Planet. p. 133. ISBN 9781741045406.
  5. ^ Ciappara, Frans (1998). Society and inquisition in Malta 1743-1798. Durhem E-Theses. Durham University. p. 29-30.
  6. ^ Debono, James (4 August 2015). "Marsa loses half of its population in 20 years". Malta Today. Retrieved 26 January 2018.