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Gozo - Sannat

Sannat, a village in the southern part of Gozo, has a population of 2,200. This village is popular for its very high cliffs, ancient cart ruts, temples and dolmens and rich fauna and flora.

Sannat was one of the first places in Gozo to become a separate parish. The present church dedicated to St. Margaret Martyr boasts an excellent altarpiece by Stefano Erardi, a famed local painter. The village feast of St. Margaret is celebrated each year around the third week of July.

L-Imramma Temple found at Ta’ Cenc within the limits of Sannat is a primitive type of prehistoric temple made up of a sort of an oval court with a series of more or less oval rooms to the north. Other interesting remains are three dolmens, a horizontal slab of limestone supported on three sides by blocks of stone standing on end. Ta' Cenc is also famous for its spectacular cliffs that are the natural home of several wild flora and fauna species.

Lying low by Ta' Cenc, one could admire the natural beauty of Hanzira valley which leads down to Mgarr ix-Xini Bay. The pebbly beach of this bay is mostly popular with divers and in fact the wreck of the once Malta-Gozo ferryboat Xlendi rests on the seabed a few hundred metres away from the bay's outer stretches.

After World War 2, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom stayed in a house called "The Lace house" located in a small square in Ta' Sannat called "Pjazza Tax-Xelina".

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