Gordan Lighthouse regeneration project to get underway
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The regeneration work on the Gordan Lighthouse will get underway in the coming days, the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, announced today.
The project was noted in the first budget of this legislature, the Minister said, with the planned restoration and regeneration of the surrounding area being divided into several phases.
“The fund allocated for this first phase which also includes restoration will be €200,000. Apart from the restoration of the building which is in a bad state, equipment and other items will also be restored that were found abandoned on the site and are part of the history of the lighthouse,” said Justyne Caruana.
The Gordan Lighthouse is an icon on the island, construction started in 1851 and it became operational two years later during the rule on the islands of the British Empire.
Gordan lighthouse was at that time operated by means of 21 fixed kerosene lamps which threw their light on a rotating reflector, which could be seen from around 38 miles away.
This lighthouse is located 161 metres above sea level. Today, with the technological advances made in maritime navigation, the beam of the Gordan Lighthouse is less authoritative, but is still very much part of the history of Gozo.
Currently, the building is housing air monitoring equipment that was installed by the University of Malta.
“It’s in our duty to protect the architectural and historical heritage of our country,” said Minister Caruana. “Hence, this historical site was given our immediate attention and was included in the first budget announced by the government,” continued the Minister for Gozo.
The Minister for Gozo said that, “the Government aims to have another tourist attraction that stands out, not only for its historical value, but also because of the natural beauty that surrounds it.”
“This site, once restored will provide added value to the island as well as recreational space for our families,” concluded the Minister for Gozo.
Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri