Bir Mula Heritage Overview in Bormla, Malta
From excavations at the site, many artefacts show that the site was inhabited from a very early age. Chert tools, red ochre, Neolithic sling stones, bones of animals and marine creatures and pottery show that the site was formerly, a site for settlers who had contact with the Sicilian Islands. Stone-works, graffiti and pottery indicate that the site was then a shrine or some spot integrated within the Punic cult. The Punic cultured residents remained long through the Roman era. The way the house is structured and the stone dressed tells a story in itself. Different storeys and rooms were accessible to different social classes, different genders. Different spaces had specific functions such as kitchen, birthing room, etc. although remains demonstrate, these functions changed across the ages. The stone itself tells a story. The way it was cut, hewn and preserved changed with the ages. The people who inhabited or worked in the house also left their presence felt through the graffiti found in various stones. These include wind roses, a Turkish soldier, galleons and also symbols used by the Knights Templar. In fact some stones have a story to tell. A number of myths are linked with this house. It is said that meetings between the Ottomans and the Knights in 1565 as well as secret meetings between the Knight Templars took place in the lower level of the house. The Knights used to hold preliminary meetings prior to electing a new Grand Master in the hidden folds of this cellar. Other stories speak about the secret plotting taking place here to find ways of overthrowing the occupying Napoleonic French army in 1798 – 1800 and a consequent ransacking with part of the house being set on fire.
Bir Mula Heritage Tips & Guide
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am -12.00am or by appointment pre-booking is necessary, especially for group activities not held during regular opening hours or specialized tours. Contact Mr John Vella
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Telephone: 00356 2182 6910/ 00356 2182 6427/ 00356 9927 3276