thanks to John Scicluna we can watch breathtaking views of the Zonqor area. in Marsaskala (Malta). The film was made from the altitude of approximately 100 meters above the land.
The long awaited public transport reform in Malta is coming and I have a quick update to all regular readers. The Żonqor area of Marsascala is being served by the new system and the bus 124 drives through Zonqor every 30 minutes taking travellers there to Marsascala Centre or to the Deheb interchange in Żejtun from where they can choose how best to continue their journey. All of these areas will therefore be experiencing a considerable improvement on the connections they enjoy today. To get from Marsaskala to Valletta we have to catch the bus 91. It should be stopping every 10 minutes in the peak times and every 20 minutes out off peak times. Here you can see the bus 91 schedule.
Local quarrymen refer to the easily worked Globigerina Limestone as franka; the harder-wearing coralline limestones are called zonqor. Both were widely used in the building of the islands’ massive fortifications. FIRST QUALITY LIMESTONE (local name Gebel tal Qammi or Zonqor tal-Prima) It is a hard, non-porous, recrystallized and polishable limestone or marble. Varies in colour from white, yellow and brownish to reddish and greenish. SECOND QUALITY LIMESTONE (local name Zonqor tas-Seconda) It is a hard, porous, recrystallized and polishable limestone or marble. It also varies in colour as does the first quality limestone. However, it is softer and less resistant to weather. Both qualities have been used for floors, pavements, steps and foundations, and laid in blocks; today they are used only as raw material for manufacturing aggregates.