visible from the same Rabat - Xewkija - Qala road, in the
area known as il-Gudja, there is a mysterious lofty heap of
stones called Borg Gharib.
that a foreigner lies buried beneath this mound. The story
goes every day at dusk, a man on a white steed rode towards
Qala to light a lamp in the shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
He was a rider shrouded in mystery. He came from west, but no
one knew whence he came from, nor where he went after his
daily run. Many were curious to break the mystery but no one
dared to break his run.
The mystery proved to much for a
Muslim that lived in the vicinity and he decided to solve the
mystery once and for all. The people goaded him in his venture
as he planned a stratagem to halt the horse. He put an
obstruction just after a hairpin bent convinced that it would
bring to a halt both the rider and the horse. He hid behind a
rubble wall patiently awaiting to gratify his curiosity. That
night the horseman was later then usual but at long last the
hopping hoofs announced the approaching horse. In front of the
obstacle, the horse neighed and rose on his hind legs. The
Muslim immediately sprung from the hiding and clung to the
horse's tail but he was jerked hard onto the rocks as the
horse glided over the obstacle and galloped at greater speed.
The people found him lifeless the following morning but did
not dare to touch his corpse. Instead they threw one stone
after another until they covered him completely. And soon a
borg (mound) was formed over the gharib (foreigner)
that dared the horseman to affront.
It is more probably that the
mound was formed by chips of unused stones stacked by a
maker of kwiener, an old stove made of local stone.