Restoration work on Floriana’s Wignacourt Tower

The Wignacourt Tower in Floriana which had a principle role in the aqueduct system is currently being restored. The tower is an important architectural reminder of the 17th century and is part of the patrimonial heritage of Grandmaster Wignacourt.

The tower was a water tower and is situated near Argotti Gardens and in front of Sarrija Church and played an important role in the aqueduct system built by the Knights to convey water from Rabat to Valletta. As borne by its name and the inscriptions on its door, the tower was built under the reign of Grandmaster Alof de Wignacourt in the 17th century.

Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure architect Wendy Jo Attard explained there were no aqueducts in the area and that water would well in the tower as a result of centrifugal force and then descend toward Valletta. She explained to TVM that restoration work commenced two months ago. Workers had began cleaning the stairway which was also strengthened by infusing iron rods. The tower’s stone structure is to be restored internally and externally.

The tower was constructed on a three-metre round base with the round structure of the tower resting on pillars. The internal part is a stone stairway and skylight and the top of the tower is decorated with sculptured flower designs.

In 1994 the water tower was placed on the Register of Scheduled Properties on a Grade One basis and therefore has great national historical value.

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