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Work on historical niche inaugurated and three sites to be restored

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Work on historical niche inaugurated and three sites to be restoredThe Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana has inaugurated the completed restoration work on the historical niche located in Salvu Gambin Street in Ghasri.

She explained that this restoration has been made thanks to the funds given by the Ministry to the Ghasri Local Council under the restoration scheme for Gozitan Local Councils.

Dr Caruana said that the Ministry for Gozo has a mission to safeguard and preserve cultural, architectural and historical heritage of the island, and the primary objective of the scheme is to incentivise the Local Councils to identify historic sites in their localities that need to be restored.

The Minister for Gozo stressed the need for more sites to be restored, which is why a second call was issued for the scheme.

Six local councils applied in the second call, of which three of them successfully qualified after meeting the requirements.

The sites to be restored are:

The niche tal-Patri – Kercem

This niche, was built at the beginning of 1800 and is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. The Ministry said that there is hardly any information to be found on the niche, but it is thought it was made by a Father who was staying in the area and is consequently how it got its name. The niche is located on the corner between Triq Qasam San Pawl and Triq Santa Lucija.

The Second World War Shelter – Munxar

The shelter is 25 metres in length and located in the main square of Munxar, it was constructed in 1942 by workers from the Public Works Division under the supervision of architect Guzeppi Savona. The total cost for the work on the shelter was £ 672.

The statue of St. Joseph – Qala

Originally, the statue of St. Joseph was originally in place at the area known as Menhir in Qala, where it stayed until after the Second World War. This statue is currently located in Republic Square, and sits on a pedestal made from Maltese stone where it was placed when the square got a facelift back in 1999.

Photographs: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri and George Scerri

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