Two historic sites to be restored in Victoria through €50,000 investment
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The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana has announced the restoration of two historic sites in Victoria, Gozo – the Loggja tal-Palju and the World War II shelters at the Citadel, through an investment of more than €50,000.
Justyne Caruana said that the Ministry for Gozo has continued to strengthen its ties to non-governmental organisations, and with Wirt Ghawdex agreements have been signed for the restoration of both these historic sites in the heart of the city of Gozo, returning them to their glory after being in an abandoned state for several years.
“Today I will sign these agreements for restoration, this time with Wirt Ghawdex, having already mentioned earlier this week the regeneration project for the Gordan Lighthouse.”
“This shows the commitment by the Ministry for Gozo to preserve the legacy that was left by our ancestors which is our duty to preserve for the future generations,” said Minister Caruana.
“These initiatives are not isolated cases, but are part of an ongoing ambitious restoration programme of our Gozitan heritage,” continued Dr Caruana.
“In addition, together with Wirt Ghawdex we continue to work to identify sites that require more attention and careful restoration, with supervision, as well as the experience of the members of Wirt Ghawdex,” concluded, the Minister for Gozo.
Loggja tal-Palju – known locally as the Barrakka – was built in 1733 at the top of Racecourse Street, now Republic Street in Victoria, and was where the winners of the horse races were presented their prizes of damask banners. Originally, only the lower part of this building was constructed, the upper floor was added over time.
The World War II Air-Raid shelters in the Citadel comprise of a complex of rooms, 32 in total, located below the St Martin’s Bastion. Construction on this haven from air attacks started in 1941, and in a tunnel which is over 150 metres in length there are a number of private rooms that were used as a refuge for families.
Photographs: MGOZ George Scerri