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Gozo - Ghasri

Għasri is a village in the western part of Gozo with a population of 417 people making it the smallest village in Gozo with a large territory. Għasri village, which lies cuddled between two hills, has Arab origins, being an area where olives were crushed for oil.

A lighthouse known as the Gordan Lighthouse dominates Għasri. The famous lighthouse, which has a beam that can be seen up to 50 km away, rises 180 metres above sea level. Just around the lighthouse one can get a marvellous 360-degree view of Gozo.

A local priest, Dun Ġużepp Diacono, designed the village church dedicated to the Corpus Christi and built in the early twentieth century. The feast of the village is celebrated in June. In Ghasri one can find another chapel dedicated to St. Publius and various niches in the narrow streets of the village.

Gozo boasts of three very unique windows called Maxrabija of which two can be found in Ghasri. The Maxrabija a kind of window from which one can look and see without being seen. These windows, which differ in style, are made completely from stone. One is situated in Ghammar Street, close to St Publius Chapel and the other is situated in Lighthouse Street.

The Wied il-Għasri area is a perfect country walk and cycling site. The valley ends in the sea, wedged between high cliffs where a secluded little inlet makes it ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Indeed, the sea around Wied il-Għasri is very popular among divers. A very interesting spot in this place is a cave close to the shore in which a shaft was hewn up to the top of the steep cliffs and a mill made up of several pails used to be rigged up in order to bring up the sea water to fill the neighbouring saltpans. On the way to Wied il-Ghasri, there are a number of typical farmhouses and an old charming chapel dedicated to the Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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