Xaghra’s Victory Square receives a facelift in time for the feast
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Xaghra's newly refurbished Victory Square and 8th September Avenue, together with the restoration and regeneration project of the parvis of the Parish Church of the Nativity of Our Lady in Xaghra, were inaugurated on Tuesday evening by the Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo, in the presence of Xaghra Mayor Joe Cordina and Xaghra parish Archpriest Mgr Carmel Refalo who blessed the square.
The entire embellishment project was estimated to have cost around €1 million, the Ministry for Gozo said. The work was made possible through part funding between the LEADER Programme Measure 313 of the European Union and the Ministry for Gozo.Entrances to World War II shelters were discovered during the embellishment work carried out around the square. The Ministry said that these have been integrated into the design of the finished square, with the view of opening them to the public in the future.
Victory Square and 8th September Avenue have been finished in a dark red tarmac, the first time it has been used on the islands, this part of the project also included seating, together with the construction of a stormwater culvert, new electricity infrastructure and paving. All have been completed in time for the Xaghra feast celebrated on the 8th of September. The newly restored Basilica parvis was also being inaugurated. Work included the removal of the statues of Our Lady and St Joseph for restoration.
Other embellishment works were the replacement of existing concrete tiling with natural stone paving (travertine); repaving of main and side stairways with natural stone; building of a new ramp to improve access to the parvis; and conversion of the existing lighting system to an energy saving one and the the restoration of the parvis perimeter wall. A financial agreement was reached between the Xaghra Parish Church and the Ministry for Gozo, who financed the materials and supplies required for the parish project which amounted to around €106,000.
Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri