The Southeastern region of Malta features an impressive coastline dotted with popular beaches such as that of St Thomas in Marsaskala, St Peter’s Pool in Marsaxlokk and Pretty Bay in Birżebbiġia. Marsaxlokk is famous for being a maritime enclave where people may enjoy scenes such as fishermen tending to their seacraft and people selling fish at the market. Ship graffiti, however, was discovered further inland in the iconic villages of Żejtun and Żurrieq. Ship graffiti in Żejtun is located once again on religious architecture such as the parish church dedicated to Saint Catherine and St Gregory’s Church.
Żurrieq displays a larger collection of ship graffiti locations. The Matrix parish church dedicated to St Catherine of Alexandria is decorated with etchings that are not strictly maritime in nature. On the frontal wall of the church a traditional Maltese Frejgatina can be seen. The chapel of Saint James is located a stone’s throw away from the parish church and also displays ship graffiti. Another example is said to be located on a private wall located where Triq il-Ħaddiema and Triq l-Imqabba meet. Some distance away, another chapel by the name of Kappella tal-Kunċizzjoni is known to feature some graffiti together with a separate example further south along Triq Madre Tereza Nuzzo.
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The interactive map records these sites with images of the graffiti and descriptions of the sites themselves. We will be constantly updating the map with newly uncovered sites and graffiti.