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Traditional Buildings in the Maltese Countryside

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Introduction

In the past, more than today, the majority of the males were farmers and lived in the countryside. Every day the farmer went to his land where he worked his fields and stayed there till late evening. His land was usually very organised and had certain buildings that have specific uses, some for recreational purposes, some for labor purposes and others for the farmer to practice his belief. One traditional building that is still very visible today is the rubble walls. These are walls that separate one land from another. They are built by the Dry Wall Method meaning that no cement is used but only rocks with infilling of soil. ...read more.

Middle

In the past, the main use of the girna was for a home and a place to live in and also for keeping the tools. Nowadays it is a recreational building used by the farmer to relax. Unfortunately, nowadays these buildings are rarely built as now the farmers have fast transport facilities and is easier for them to go home than stay in their girna. Another traditional building found in the countryside is the razzett. This was usually found in the middle of the farm and small in order to save arable land. They were also built on hard rock for stability and were usually flat based on Arab idea. ...read more.

Conclusion

Other things seen in the countryside are chapels and niches. These show that the farmers were very serious of their belief and built these religious buildings in order for a patron to protect their land or also to visit the chapel every day. These buildings are very important for Maltese. These are part of our culture and of our identity as Maltese. Unfortunately these buildings are nowadays scarce but the government and other organizations are working as hard as they can in order to keep these buildings and traditions alive among the Maltese. ?? ?? ?? ?? Maltese Countryside History (NMC) Julian Micallef F5 Rupert Mayer Page 1 ...read more.

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