Paola is a town in the Grand Harbour area of Malta, with a population of 8,856 people (November 2005). It is named after its founder, the Grandmaster Antoine de Paule, but is commonly known as Raħal Ġdid, which means “new town” in Maltese.

Paola is renowned for the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, its large parish church (the largest church in Malta and Gozo), its beautiful square, its shopping centres, the Good Friday procession, and its football club, Hibernians FC.

A number of prominent Maltese personalities come from Paola, including Vincent Moran (an ex-Minister of Health), Jason Azzopardi (Parliamentary Secretary for Revenues and Land), Silvio Parnis (member of parliament), Chris Fearne (paediatric surgeon), Ino Bonello(international movie art director), Mons Francesco Xuereb (founder of Our Lady of Lourdes parish and benefactor of the main parish dedicated to Christ the King), Immanuel Mifsud,Massimo Ellul (satellite T.V. pioneer for Malta), Carmel Joseph Farrugia (Charles Farrugia), TV personality Simone Cini, actor and TV personality Etienne St. John, radio presenter Dorian Cassar, songwriter and television producer Joe Julian Farrugia, and singers Kllinsmann Coleiro and Ruth Casingena (also an actress). One of Malta’s Prime Ministers, Sir Paul Boffa, (1890–1962) resided in this locality. There are two parish churches. One is dedicated to Christ the King and the other to Our Lady of Lourdes. The feast of Christ the King is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July and Our Lady of Lourdes is celebrated on the first Sunday after 15 August.

The parish also has a Franciscan church dedicated to Saint Anthony in part of the parish called Għajn Dwieli. St. Ubaldesca Church is the oldest church in Paola and was the first parish church there. It has recently undergone restoration.

Paola also has Malta’s only mosque and an Islamic Cultural Centre led by Imam Mohammed El Sadi.

Kordin Temples, Paola, Malta — Google Arts & Culture

Kordin III Temples

Overlooking the majestic Grand Harbour in Paola’s Corradino Heights, Kordin lll are a group of megalithic temples dating back to Malta’s Ġgantija phase (3600-3300 BC). Though the site originally consisted of three temple complexes, only one remains today, having miraculously survived bombardment during World War ll.

Built in various stages during the Neolithic era, Kordin lll consists of two temples, the larger of which was built on a three apse plan.

As intriguing as it is magnificent, the complex boasts a unique paved forecourt and several other features rarely found in contemporary Neolithic architecture, including a 2.7 metre trough.

Also unearthed on-site were pottery bowls, an array of tools, and a large stone thought to have been used to grind wheat.
It is believed that the temples were abandoned around 2500 BC, before being inhabited by the Phonecians, the Greeks, and then the Romans.

Mysterious, majestic, and truly resilient, a visit to these distinctive temples is a definite must.
Basilica of Christ the King, Paola - Wikipedia

Basilica of Christ the King

The very epicenter of the bustling town of Paola, The Basilica of Christ the King is not just Malta’s biggest church, but an architectural masterpiece in itself, and one of Malta’s few basilicas too. 

So large it once managed to fit an entire Good Friday procession inside, one can’t but gasp at the church’s impressively high ceilings, which make one feel quite tiny indeed.

Not particularly old in comparison to many of Malta’s other churches, it was built in the 1930s and has been refurbished over the years.

Of course, there’s no better way to experience the delights of ecclesiastical wonder than during Paola’s vibrant festa.
During this lively celebration, the church is gloriously lit up, and evenings culminate with a sensational fireworks display which is second to none.

Festa or not, this majestic church is well worth popping into, at any time, especially if visiting the nearby Hypogeum.


Casal Paola, Gnien Pawlu Boffa, Triq il-Knisja, Paola. PLA1075