Restoration completed on facade and steeple of St Joseph’s church in Santa Venera
Built in one of the main arterial roads, St Joseph’s church in Santa Venera which has a close link to San Gorg Preca has just gone through a restoration programme on its facade and steeple. The work was carried out by the Restoration Directorate after the local council submitted the project for the restoration scheme issued by the council. As explained by architect Jean Frendo, the work was all done by hand and with a certain technique so that nothing will be lost from the original design.
“We thought that there was not a lot of damage but when we came to the decorations we realised that there was a black layer around the grooves especially around the frames. The biggest challenge was to clean the facade without removing the patina which comes with age. Therefore a special chemical is used which we put into contact with the stone for a period of time so that it can absorb the dirt and made it easier to clean, without losing any of the original material. We also changed the balustrades in the steeple and some stone which had deteriorated. We also changed the cross which was made from concrete, which was not the original cross, and we made one out of stone which is in keeping with the era when the chapel was built in 1906.”
The expenses for this restoration came to almost 60,000 Euro. The Minister for National Heritage and Local Government Jose Herrera, while visiting the site, said that the ministry is working on another similar scheme which will be launched shortly in order to carry out more restoration works according to the requests submitted by the local councils.