Days are numbered for Gozo’s only surviving early Christian Catacomb
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Gozitan NGO Wirt Ghawdex, in a statement this morning has said that, “the days are numbered for Ghar Gherduf, the Roman Catacombs in Kercem, Gozo, which are under serious threat from the development started in the area in front of the complex and in very close proximity.”
“Works have started on the excavation of foundation trenches for buildings which will be constructed in front of Gozo’s only surviving early Christian Catacomb thus obliterating forever this important landmark and historic site from public view,” the NGO said.
Wirt Ghawdex said that during the Development Application stage, it wrote to the Planning Authority (then MEPA) as well as to the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, raising its objections to this development which, the NGO said, will destroy what remains of this unique site in Gozo.
The objections raised by Wirt Ghawdex have remained unheeded it said, “as development approval has been given the green light and works got underway in the last days.”
The NGO stated that it “deplores the fact that the authorities, who should be watchful for such occurrences not to happen, have turned a blind eye and condoned the destruction of this important site.”
It added that it “cannot understand how approval for such a development could be granted when Ghar Gherduf is a Grade A scheduled site of archaeological and historic importance.”
In conclusion, Wirt Ghawdex appealed to the Planning Authority and to the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage “to stop with immediate effect, this development and take every possible action for the protection and preservation of this site.”