The San Niklaw locality forms part of the Zejtun local council but is equidistant from the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Zejtun was awarded town status in 1797 by the German Grandmaster Ferdinand von Hompesch, who honoured Zejtun with the title Citta’ Bylandt.

Zejtun’s heritage ranges from archaeological remains to old wayside chapels, fortified structures and vernacular rural dwellings. The town is perched on a hilltop and its’ name originates from Phoenician and Semitic Arab meaning the fruit of the olive tree – zaytun (aceituna" in Spanish and "azeitona" in Portuguese). Wine production, olive tree cultivation and olive oil production were prevalent in the territory of Zejtun and archaeological remains of this activity indicate that the area was already inhabited in Punic and Roman times.

Zejtun was the first town encountered by North African corsairs landing in the south east part of Malta and attacks were rather frequent during the summer months. A legendary skirmish ensued in 1614 between hundreds of North African pirates and the inhabitants of Zejtun led by Clemente Tabone, a family ancestor. The people of Zejtun were victorious and Clemente built the Chapel of St Clement in 1658 as a sign of thanksgiving. The erection of the St Thomas and St Lucian forts provided better protection to the inland town and villages and subsequent corsair incursions dwindled rapidly.

The estate lies a stone’s throw away from the ruins of the Tas-Silg temple which over the last 5,000 years has been used as a religious sanctuary by successive ethnic cultures. The temple was constructed by the Neolithic community in 3000-2500 BC and with time, successive communities including Phoenician, Punic, Roman and Christian cultures, have made use of the edifice. The Phoenician and Punic artefacts discovered at the site refer to Astarte, a goddess of the Phoenician Pantheon. In the first century BC under the Romans, Cicero refers to the structure as the Temple of Juno in his prosecution of Caius Verres, the Roman Praetor, accused of looting the works of art adorning the Temple.

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