San Lawrenz takes its name from an old chapel that stood in the area from at least 1575.
On the Rabat-Gharb-San Lawrenz road at the village approach one can find the Gozo crafts Village. It lies below Ta' Dbiegi, the highest hill of Gozo. The village church, dedicated to Saint Lawrence, was built between 1888 and 1897, on the site of the old chapel.
From the village square one takes the road down to Dwejra Bay where there is a chapel dedicated to St. Anne. Also in Dwejra is a well preserved watch tower dating back to 1652, built to guard the then famous medicinal plant which grew on Fungus Rock. This is one of the towers that the Knights of St. John erected during the 17th century. Most of these towers survive.
Dwejra boasts of several natural wonders foremost “Il-Gebla tal-General” referred to as “Fungus Rock”, the “Azure Window” and “Il-Qawra” the “Inland Sea”. Such is the impact of this beautiful area, that it is frequently used as a filming location for the movie industry.
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