Local Living: Balzan
Balzan forms part of one of the ‘three villages’, together with Attard and Lija. The village got its name from a Spanish merchant named Maximillian Balzan, who owned a large piece of land (which came to be known as the village Balzan). This land was given to him for his services to the Knights of the Order of St John.
Balzan is a quaint village with plenty of historical architecture. As you wind through the narrow roads and alleyways, you can look at either side of the street to view some of the most picturesque houses and properties available on the island. Balzan is a residential village which not only offers the safe surroundings of these typical villages but also the beautiful photo-worthy atmosphere. The unique house facades and the religious statues found in Balzan give the town its unique character.
Property in Balzan
The great thing about living in this residential village is that it is so diverse. While walking through one narrow alleyway, you could come across some impeccable houses of character that are centuries old, whilst on the outskirts of the village, modern developments, namely apartment blocks are being constructed instead of the large villas in this area. However, the core of the village remains untouched as its historical and unique architecture has been protected and labelled as an Urban Conservation Area.
Places to visit
Balzan is a very residential village and has many ties to its historical surroundings. In contrast to Sliema and other such locations, Balzan does not offer an urban, busy lifestyle and is therefore ideal for those that prefer quieter surroundings.
Balzan has its own Parish Church which is dedicated to the Annunciation of Our Lady and was built in the mid-17th century. The Church has many famous paintings, with works from renowned local artists like Giuseppe Calleja and Emvin Cremona. The Church is also adorned with a number of beautiful statues including the Statues of St Peter and St Paul, the statues of Gabriel and Our Lady, sculpted by Sigismondo Dimech and the statue of Maria Assunta by the same scluptor which was restored in 2003.
Photos by Choy Hong (Jasmine) Grech
Video by Alfred and Jasmine Grech, Mosta, Malta.