Bus Route: From Victoria - Bus No.2,
San Lawrenz is a small charming
village on the western
part of Gozo. It is built on a plain surrounded by three hills,
Ta' Ghammar, Ta' Gelmus and Ta' Dbiegi. The last mentioned, Ta'
Dbiegi, Gozo's highest point, rises 195 metres above sea level.
In the limits of San Lawrenz there is also the splendid bay of Dwejra,
renowned for its strange geological faults and admired by tourists
and locals alike.
This picturesque village has succeeded in retaining its traditional
and rural lifestyle. It has managed to open up to progress without
sacrificing its natural beauty and those values and traditions,
which form the identity of this charming village.
San Lawrenz is one of the two localities that have taken their name
from that of their patron saint. The other is the nearby hamlet
of Santa Lucija. Most probably the site derived its name from a
local family name or nickname.
Until San Lawrenz was declared a parish in 1893, it formed part
of the neighbourhood of Gharb. As time went
by the people of San Lawrenz started to form a separate community
and as a result they wanted their own church. The foundation stone
for this new church was laid and consecrated by the Bishop Peter
Pace on 21 November 1886. The relic of Saint Lawrence was placed
under this stone. Every villager participated with great enthusiasm
in the building of the church.
The village feast of San
Lawrenz is celebrated each year, unimaginatively in the warmest
part of our Summer, namely around the first week of August.