Ras il-Wardija Sanctuary 

Ras il-Wardija Sanctuary
Low relief of Tanit/cross found at Ras il-Wardija

This sanctuary is found on a remote spot on the island of Gozo and can be divided into two areas.  The upper part, which is shown in the picture, consists of a rock cut chamber and a cistern.  In the lower terrace the remains have been less well preserved, although a few blocks of stone can still be traced.

During Phoenician times this area flourished as a place of cult dedicated to an as yet unknown deity. The place was also utilized for a similar purpose during the Roman period, after which the sanctuary fell in decay only to be used as a troglodytic dwelling in the medieval period.

(Photo of Tanit/Cross by Mr. Joe Cilia)


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