Marsaxlokk, a small fishing village in Malta
The fishing village of Marsaxlokk is one of the most popular sites with its traditional colourful fishing boats and excellent fish restaurants.
This important village is still largely unspoiled. It is today a major tourist attraction for its colourful fishing boats, excellent seafood restaurants, and a very popular Sunday market.
Look at the fishing boats and at the two eyes at the front: Maltese luzzu eye “oculus”, also called Horus eye.
The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health. The eye is personified in the goddess Wadjet. (Wikipedia)Possibly dating back to Phoenician times, the eyes on the traditional luzzu are said to protect the fishermen in their perilous occupations. The colour pattern indicated the village of origin of the particular luzzu.
A luzzu is a traditional fishing boat from the Maltese islands. (What would I do without Wikipedia?!?)
In the heart of the village there is the Church of Our Lady of Pompei.
The feast of Our Lady of Pompei is coming soon, July 29-31. We can see that the village is preparing for this event. The main colour of decorations is blue, the colour of the Virgin Mary:
Some fishermen own beautiful homes:
And we had the honour to have our lunch in this gorgeous fishing village: