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Gozo - Fontana

Fontana is a Gozitan village with a population of 846 people originating from the suburb of Victoria on the Rabat-Xlendi road. Fontana, an Italian word for a spring, took its name from a spring at the bottom of the road leading to Xlendi, known locally as "il-Ghajn il-Kbira", (the big spring).

Fontana boasts of various springs with the most commonly known being Il-Ghajn il-Kbira, which was used by people for washing their clothes. This attracted various Gozitans from villages near to Sannat because the spring was well sheltered from various weather conditions. A very old irrigation system made up from stone gutters constantly brings water from a spring situated in the KerÄ‹em part of the valley. Other Shelters were built beside the springs for the locals to go for shelter when there were raids during the World War 2. These shelters started at the springs and ended on a cliff looking over Fontana.

On the lower part of Fontana, going down to Xlendi, one could notice the evergreen Lunzjata Valley. Fontana’s motto states “Inundatione Ferax” meaning fertile through inundation and that is the reason why local farmers are busy around all year long in these fertile lands.

The church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was established as parish of Fontana in 1911 under Bishop Giovanni Maria Camilleri. The spectacular village feast is celebrated each year around on the third Sunday of June. The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fontana is also considered to be a national sanctuary of the Sacred Heart.

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