Photo: Santa Marija ta’ Bir Miftuħ, Gudja
Following submissions made by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage to the Executive Council of the Planning Authority, 6 medieval chapels of historical importance have been accepted to be scheduled at Grade 1 and thus awarded the highest level of protection. Two of these chapels (Santa Duminka, Ħad Dingli (Ħal Tartani) & Santa Marija ta’ Bir Miftuħ, Gudja) were amongst the first 10 parishes that were documented in 1436 apart from those of Birgu and Mdina.
The six sites proposed for scheduling are Santa Duminka, Ħad Dingli (Ħal Tartani); Santa Marija ta’ Bir Miftuħ, Gudja; San Ċir, Rabat; Wasla tal-Familja Mqaddsa mill-Eġittu, Kemmuna; Santa Marija ta’ Ħal Xluq, Siġġiewi u Santa Marija tas-Sokkors, Bormla.
Minister José Herrera reiterated that the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage has an essential role in ensuring the protection and safeguarding of our country’s national heritage. “It is of great importance that our country’s historic buildings continue to be safeguarded and protected as these buildings are an integral part of our history and the identity of our country,” stated Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera as he remarked that the Superintendence carries out instrumental work in a continuous manner so that most our country’s heritage is not lost once and for all.