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Attard is a town in the Central Region of Malta and with Balzan and Lija it is known as “The Three Villages”. It has a population of more than 11 000 and features many public gardens.
It covers a surface area of about seven square kilometres and to its North, facing the city of Mdina, is the flat expanse called Ta’ Qali, well-known for arts and crafts and bespoke manufacturing. Tommaso Dingli was a famous architect born in Attard and is best known for his work on the Wignacourt Aqueduct, Porta Reale (the entrance into Valletta) and several churches. South of the village core is the Sant’Anton Quarter, named for San Anton Palace and the palace’s botanic gardens, both built by the Knights between around 1600 and 1625. It is now the official residence of the President of Malta and has long been a symbol of Attard. Within walking distance of the President’s residence is the official residence of the United States Ambassador to Malta and the Tunisian embassy to Malta is also located in Attard. San Anton Palace has greeted numerous knights, and royalties across the centuries, including the Grand Masters of the Order of St John, the Queen Marie of Romania, the Russian Empress Marie Feodorovna, King Edward VII and Queen Elizabeth II, Napoleon’s younger brother Louis Bonaparte and the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge amongst others.
The area surrounding the church and the Sant’Anton Quarter feature a number of converted farmhouses and residences built by the Knights of St John, surrounding the summer palace. Attard is also the location of the St Catherine Nursing Home, one of the largest in the Maltese Islands.
Attard’s well-known botanic gardens opened to the public in 1882 and host fairs and competitions celebrating plants, flowers, animals and music recitals. The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) also has its headquarters in Attard.
Attard celebrates the feast of the Assumption of Mary on 15 August.