Gozo Ministry provides €106,000 grant for Ta’ Pinu parvis restoration
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The Minister for Gozo, Anton Refalo has visited the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu, where the Ministry of Gozo has provided a grant of €106,000 towards the project for the restoration of the parvis.
The Minister explained that the Ministry for Gozo has also entered into an agreement with the National Administration of Ta ‘Pinu to carry out parts of the restoration project on the parvis.
The agreement was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Gozo, John Borg and the Rector of Ta Pinu Fr Gerald Buhagiar in the presence of the Minister for Gozo.
The parvis had over the years suffered damage due to the infiltration of rain through its use as a car park.
The project includes mosaics depicting the 20 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Internationally renowned mosaic artist Father Marco Rupnik at Centro Aletti in Rome, worked on these mosaics. Father Marco Rupnik’s mosaic works are to be found worldwide including Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Vatican, the façade of the Rosary in Lourdes, the crypt of Padre Pio San Giovanni Rotondo, Fatima’s new church, among others.
Dr Refalo praised the work that has been carried out. Adding that such works highlighted the level of Arts and Culture not only in Gozo but also in Malta, they will be another attraction for both locals and tourists who visit Gozo throughout the year, and the hundreds that visit Ta’ Pinu on a daily visit.
Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri