€ 50,000 allocated for restoration of six historic sites in Gozo
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Work will begin in the coming weeks on the restoration of six historic sites, which have been selected from among 13 submissions put forward by local councils under a special scheme launched by the Ministry for Gozo.
The results were announced by the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, who said that the total cost of the restoration projects is estimated at €50,000.
She explained that the aim of this scheme was that through dedicated funds allocated by the Ministry, Gozitan heritage is given the importance it deserves and will also be preserved for future generations.Dr Caruana said that the Ministry for Gozo is working together with the Local Councils to further foster cooperation between them.
The sites to be restored are:
The monument of Mro. Vincenzo Caruana Spiteri – Sannat
The work of Kav. Alfred Camilleri Cauchi, To: Maestro Vincenzo Caruana Spiteri who died at the young age of 36.. He made a valuable contribution to the community of Sannat in both music and in educational terms as Head of School Sannat Primary.
The niche of Our Lady of Loreto – Victoria
Situated Triq Ghajn Qatet, on the entrance to Victoria, this niche is iconic in Gozo, a devotional niche that according to history, has a dedicated feast every year.
The cross in Assumption Square – Zebbug
A typical cross as in almost every other square in Gozo, as well as a symbol that the village was elevated to the status of parish.
Niche of Annunciation of Our Lady, in Gambin Street – Ghasri
Dating back to the year 1773, it is located in the heart of this picturesque village in Gozo. It is a very particular niche in its style since it is located on a gallery and relies on three columns, it represents the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she would become the Mother of God.
Ghajn Tuta – Kercem
Source of running water, a source of water for a number of farmers locally, one of the few remaining like it in Gozo, a Planning Authority scheduled site.
Statue of Our Lady Ramla Bay – Xaghra
The statue at Ramla Bay, was built by Ganni Gauci from Xaghra in 1881, and over a number of years, has had several alterations made to it. In 1965 the statue was changed because of deterioration over the years. The present statue was made by Wistin Camilleri and at the time was worth £40.
Photographs: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri