The Planning Commission, within the Planning Authority approved the development permit for restoration works to be carried out on the facade of the church dedicated to St Mark in Rabat.
The restoration works will include the removal of all metal, dead electricity cables, and cement while they will address the stone deterioration caused by natural elements.
Works will be carried out in conformity with an approved report on the method of restoration that will be followed by conservation officials within the Planning Authority. The report on the restoration method was approved by the Superintendency of the Cultural Heritage.
The St Mark’s church construction, based on a design by Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar, was initiated in 1571 and completed in 1588. Although changes in the interior design were made during the years, the original structure remained that designed by Cassar. The church, which forms part of the Agostinian monastery, is decorated by portico art that enriches its harmonious facade. Girolamo Cassar is said to have designed the Rabat church facade on Renaissance style, which he exposed in his studies in Naples and Rome. Internally, the church has simple architectural divisions, including the aisle and the choir. The church’s roof stands on a wide aisle through a number of arcades, a design that served as a prototype for St John’s Cathedral in Valletta, which was also designed by Cassar.