Restoration work on the chapel of St John the Baptist in Siggiewi is nearig completion. This is just one of a number of ongoing restoration projects in various stages of implementation.
The historic chapel in St Nicholas Square in being restored as part of a project by the Restoration Directorate within the Justice and Culture Ministry.
Project architect Mark Azzopardi said the restoration work started in September, and should be completed within four weeks.
“The chapel had problems of humidity which started from the ground up and damaged the stonework. Cement had been used in the past as a covering, and although with the best of intentions, this had caused damage, and this in turn started to worsen.”
This baroque style chapel was built in 1730, and is dedicated to the beheading of St John Baptist, instead of another chapel which had been dedicated to the birth of the Baptist.
The restoration project on this chapel is one of 71 projects being carried out b y the Restoration Directorate. The project is being undertaken following a call to Local Councils to identify projects in their localities which could benefit from this restoration scheme.
Jutice, Culture and Local Government Minister Owen Bonnici stated that through these projects, Government is continuing to safeguard and improve local heritage for everyone’s benefit, and for country’s history to be appreciated. Minister Bonnici added that this also enhances products in localities as cultural destinations.