Another project was announced for the protection of the historical and cultural heritage. Restoration work will commence in the coming weeks on the facade of the dome of St Catherine Archpriest Church in Żurrieq. It is one of 32 conservation and restoration projects that the Church in Malta is implementing with the assistance of EU funds.
The Żurrieq church is one of the first churches in Malta built in Baroque style in the 17th Century. It is decorated with various Mattia Preti paintings and it is believed that the church architect was Matteolo Saliba and it was consecrated by Bishop Alpheran de Bussan in 1731.
The Curia’s administrative secretary, Michael Pace Ross, said that the project will cost some €70,000 and is one of the many Church projects being carried out through the European Fund for Regional Development for 2014-2020.
“As a Foundation for Cultural Heritage we do not only focus on churches but also on work of arts. In the case of Żurrieq it is the Archpriest Church, however there are other churches and buildings in which we restore works of arts and statues”, Mr Pace Ross added.
Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds, Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, said that, through this work, the Żurrieq parish will be conserving the religious cultural heritage for the future. “These are EU funds as part of an extensive project of restorations, together with the foundation responsible for ecclesiastical heritage, in various Maltese parishes”.
Restoration work of the Żurrieq dome is expected to be completed by the end of next year.