Restoration completed on Rose Window at Ta’ Pinu Basilica
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The main window, which is also known as ‘The Rose Window’ and decorates the facade of the Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, was made in Germany in 1931. It is a beautiful piece of stained glass artistry, but has been subject to the elements for the last eighty years or so.
Therefore the need was felt by the Sanctuary to embark on the restoration process of the main window on its Neo-Romantic façade.
The window is made up of eight panels and each one of them is about 1.70 metres wide. The stained glass is made up of 760 pieces of glass. Each individual piece of glass was taken out the iron holders and cleaned and then put back again on galvanised frames through a different technique. The broken pieces of glass had to be changed. For better protection, a protective piece of glass has been applied on every panel.
The work of restoration was undertaken by Mr Joe Meilak, teacher of stained glass at the Wistin Camilleri School of Arts in Ghajnsielem, in 2011 he restored the dome windows. The project took more than 343 hours of painstaking work to complete and was carried out with much patience and dedication.
The Sanctuary said that as the work was proceeding, various other difficulties arose. It became clear that damage had been done to the façade of the church, the arch of the organ and even in the portico. The work of restoration in this part of the church is therefore still underway.
“Further financial aid will have to be found in order to cover all the expenses for the resoration of this part of the Basilica since this latter project is not covered by the previous project.
“We are therefore appealing to all those who hold dear the Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary to help through their contributions in order to cover the expenses involved in this resoration work,” The Sanctuary concluded.
The project was undertaken as a joint effort by the Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary and the Ministry for Gozo.
Photograph by Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary.