NADUR: Gozo Largest Town

Symbol of Nadur

The sun rising from a reddish blue sea on a yellowish field. Nadur is in the north eastern and the most beautiful aurora can be observed from its heights. Hence it is the city of the rising sun.

Local bird: The Falcon

Ta' Hida meaning the nest of falcon. It was a protected place by the Grand Master, no one was permitted to trap or shoot the falcon at Ta' Hida.

The City Hall was opened on Sunday 19 th. November 2006.

Mayor: Dr. Chris Said

Councilors: Miriam Portelli, Maria Natoli, Jonathan Buttigieg and Andrew Muscat

Previous Mayors:

Joe Tabone

Eucharist Camilleri

Nadur became a parish on the 28 th. April, 1688. The parish was dedicated to the Princes of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul. The parish at that time included the villages of Nadur, Qala, Ghajnsielem and the island of Comino.

Archpriest: Most Rev. Mgr. Sam Muscat.

Annual Events:

Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul

Food & Wine Festival

Spontaneous Carnival,

Christmas Market

Easter Procession

Aerial image of Nadur centre.

Elevation: 512 feet above sea level. Population: 4200

Important dates in Nadur:

1688 Nadur became parish. 1760 Work started on the present church. 1894 The parish church was elevated to Archpriest. 1895 The parish church was elevated to Collegiate. 1967 The parish church was elevated to Basilica. 1958 Nadur Youngsters F.C. was established. 1967 The Mnarja Band was established. 1968 The parish celebrated the 19 th. century of the martyrdom of the Patron Saints Peter & Paul. 1968 Nadur Youngsters won their first Champions Trophy

Places to visit:

The Parish Basilica

Ramla Bay

St. Blas Bay

Dahlet Qorrot Bay

Xandriku Street Lookout

Ta' Kenuna Tower

Ta' Sopu Tower

Kelinu Grima Maritime Museum



Ghana minn Tony Attard minn Melbourne


His Eminence Cardinal George Pell with Members of the Order of St. Peter and Paul at St. Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne.

Mgr. Sam Muscat ( centre ) and Fr. Dumink Camilleri admires the Sunshine City Flag at the presentation by Cr. Peter Paul Portelli

The street sign Nadur Court, in St. Albans, Melb. Australia, named during Cr. Portelli' s term in office in the Sunshine City Council, 1987.

Mgr. Bishop Nikol Cauchi blessing the statue of St. Peter and Paul before was sent to Melbourne in 1981. The statue was made by Michael Camilleri Cauchi.

Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart during the High Mass of St. Peter and Paul in 2004.Celebrating 200 years of the blessing of the Nadur Basilica Church.

The St. Albans Christmas Parade was established by Peter Paul Portelli in 1986 and went on for seven years In the picture members of the Uruguayan Theatrical Group taking part in the parade.

The Order of St. Peter and Paul founded by Peter Paul Portelli, with the Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart and Bishop Mile Bogovic of Croatia.

Governor of Victoria Dr. Davies McCaughey (centre ) with Fr. Denis Carabott ( left )and Fr. Gerald Dowling before the High Mass of the feast of St. Peter and Paul 1986.


Cardinal Maurice Otunga arrive for the Tri centennial celebrations of the parish of Nadur 1988

Peter Paul Portelli with the Hon. Dr. Chris Said, Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Information

St. Bernadette Community Centre Chapel decorated for the feast of St. Peter Paul. All the decorations are designed and hand made by Peter Paul Portelli sewing by Mary Portelli and L. Mercieca.

Bishop Nikol Cauchi in his visit to the Maltese Centre in Albion. The Centre an old railways building was established by Peter Paul Portelli

Peter Paul Portelli with Dr. Mario Saliba MD.

His Excellency Mgr. Mario Grech bishop of Gozo.with Peter Paul and Mary Portelli, Fr. Noel Saliba Archpriest and Fr. Anton of Zebbug, Gozo.

Peter Paul Portelli with Michael Camilleri Cauchi statuary


Peter Paul Portelli with The Hon. Giovanna Debono, MP. Minister for Gozo.

Councillor Peter Paul Portelli of Sunshine Council presenting the velvet flag with gold embroidery to the Mnarja Band in 1988. Mr. Joe Said is presenting Honorary Membership to Peter Paul Portelli.

The Maltese Tour Group in Rome Airport 29 th. August 2006


December 13 Str. during the feast

The majestic dome of the Basilica

Nadur Centre from Tal-Hali

Painting in the ceiling of the Basilica

Green Lawn at Ghajn Qasab Str.

Nadur Centre from Ta' Kenuna

Ta' Kenuna Tower from ta' Xhajma

Dahlet Qorrot Bay at sunset

Sacred Heart Church

The Dome inside the Basilica

Nadur Municipal Council

Dun Karm Caruana Historian

Madonna on pedestal at Ramla Bay

St. Joseph niche at December 13 Str.

Nadur Cemetery

Ta' Hida Belvedere

Beautiful post card of the basilica

Nadur centre from Bingemma valley

A "Girna" at St. Blas

Bay view of Dahlet Qorrot

Orange orchard at Bingemma valley

Olive plantation at Bingemma valley

Old court house at Bingemma valley

St. Blass Garden

The Mnarja Band during the procession

Merriment in front the Mnarja Band Club

Merriment at the 11.00 am. march

Merriment at the 11.00 am. march

The procession on the feast day

St. John Street decorated for the feast

The canopy (Tuzell) part of the decorations for the feast

Mnarja Band Club decorated for the feast

Post Cards of Gozo

Ta' Pinu Basilica

Ghasri Parish Church

Agriculture Show at Santa Marija

Xaghra Basilica Parish Church

Zebbug Parish Church

Gozo Cathedral

Ramla Bay Nadur

Xlendi Bay

St. George Basilica Church, Rabat

Ta' Kenuna Telegraph Tower - Nadur

The Citadel

Mgarr Harbour

Gozo Citadel Victoria

Nadur Parish Feast

Farm House Nadur, Gozo

St. Dimitri Chapel, Gharb

Sun Rising at Nadur

Festa Day at Nadur

Salt Pans Xwejni

Il-Gebel l-Ahmar view from Nadur.

Aqueduct near Rabat, Gozo

Statue of Christ on a hill top

Zerka Window at Dwejra

Xlendi Bay

Marsalforn Bay

Republic Street, feast of St. George

Gharb Basilica Church

Ghasri Valley

Feast of Santa Marija

St. George Church

Lunzjata chapel

General's Rock Dwejra

Post Cards of Malta

Mdina Gate

Grand view of Mdina

Mdina Cathedral

Falzon Palace Mdina

Carmelite Church Mdina

Rich architecture Valletta

St. John's Co-Cathedral Valletta

Triton Fountain Valletta

Grand Harbour from Valletta

Mosta Church

View of the Grand Harbour Valletta

The Armoury Valletta

Castille Palace, Valletta

Valletta Fortress

St. Catherine Church in Valletta

Floriana Church

Grand Harbour

Fort St. Anglo

View of the Grand Harbour

Statue of Neptune in Valletta

Images of Mornington Peninsula - Melbourne

Sorrento - Queencliff Ferry

Sorrento beach

Sorrento Sailing Club

Rye beach

Rosebud beach

Rosebud West beach

Seal's Rocks at Phillip Island

Cowes beach at Phillip Island

The Nobbies at Phillip Island

Martha Cove at Mt. Martha

Mornington Pier

Mornington beach

Post Cards of Melbourne

Brighton Beach

Venus Bay magnificent sunset

Murray River Echuca

Pioneers Settlement in Echuca

Flinders St. Railway Station

The Twelve Apostles Rock formation

Fern trees thrive on Mount Dandenong

Gum trees on Mount Dandenong

Tarwin River South Gippsland

Melbourne at sun rise

Melbourne skyline from Williamstown

Cape Woolamai Surf Beach Phillip Island

Melbourne Rialto Tower

World Convention Centre across the Yarra

Melbourne Crown Casino

Silvan Reservoir from Mount Dandenong

Cuckoo Restaurant on , Mount Dandenong

German Dance at the Cuckoo Restaurant

Close up view of the Arch

The Arch at Port Campbell

Botanic Garden in Warrnambool

Fletcher Jones Garden in Warrnambool

Light House at Port Fairy

Moyne River at Port Fairy

London Bridge fell on the 15 th. Jan. 1990

The Grotto at Shipwreck Coast Port Campb.

Twin Tower rock formation Port Campbell

Rock standing at Shipwreck Coast

The Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell.

Two of the Twelve Apostles

Another Arch at Port Campbell

Bay of Islands at Port Campbell

Razorback Rock formation at Shipwreck Coast

Port of Portland

Portland Bay

Bay of Martyrs some 700 ships believed to have been wrecked

Loch Ard Gorge: In 1878, 52 people drowned. Two survived

Hopkins River at Warrnambool

Warrnambool Bay

Port of Warrnambool

Wind Turbines near Portland

Shipwreck Coast Maritime Museum

Christmas Tree opposite the Town Hall in Warrnambool

Port Fairy is 290 km. west of Melbourne. Est. around 1830


Sydney Harbour Bridge Circular Quay

City Skyline from Paramatta River

Sydney Harbour Bridge from Paramatta River

Darling Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House

Merimbula Beach NSW

Eden Port and Mt. Imlay in the distance Eden

Eden Port

Boyd Town Eden NSW

Green Cape view Eden NSW

Green Cape Lighthouse Eden NSW

Ben Boyd National Park and Tower Eden NSW

Bega Cheese Factory Museum Bega NSW

Bega Museum NSW

Bega Museum NSW


All the Photos on this site are taken by Peter Paul Portelli of They are not to be published on any magazine, anywhere in Melbourne without the permission of the owner.

Black and white pictures are from the Luminaria Review.