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Bidnija


Bidnija is a tiny village in the central northern part of Malta and is located between two main valleys, 'Wied Qannotta' and 'Wied Tal-Pwales' that extend into other small valleys surrounding the area. It is still largely a farmer's village since it is entirely surrounded by fields which mainly belong to the inhabitants themselves, although in recent years many have moved here in order to enjoy the quiet life amidst the countryside. Bidnija is home to 308 people, which means that it is the second smallest village in the Maltese islands.

Bidnija took its name from the Bidni olive trees grove that is found in this village and dates back 5,000 years. Although no Roman remains were ever found in the village, archaeologists and researchers do believe some Roman remains can be found nearby, as Bidnija makes part of the rural surroundings of Mdina and also is not far from Salina coast which was a Roman harbour in the past. This can also be confirmed by the curt ruts that are found in the surroundings of Bidnija.

In the early 1900s, a number of small rooms where built all around the hill's edges. These served for the English soldiers to stay in while watching the Maltese islands during the World War II when Malta was an English colony. A number of war shelters, which served as a protection for the farmers during the war, are also spread all around Bidnija. 

The works on the church's building started in 1920 and was ready in two years’ time. This church is dedicated to the Holy Family of Nazareth and a titular painting, together with two other works in this church were painted by Ganni Vella. The inhabitants celebrate the feast of the Sacred Family on the 3rd Sunday of July.

Bidnija has good horse riding facilities and is also home of a clay pigeon shooting club. There is also a small restaurant, which specializes in the traditional Maltese Rabbit stew.

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