The Archdiocese of Malta have set out a plan to undergo the restoration and conservation of ten parishes, along with the 17 that are currently being done and were announced last year.
In total, this restoration and conservation will reach €4 million, with 80% of these funds being co-financed through European funds.
These projects were announced on Friday 10 July, during a press conference in front of the Qrendi Parish Church, one of the churches set to be restored, with the Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi and Administrative Secretary of the Achdiocese of Malta Michael Pace Ross speaking during the conference.
The projects that are set to be done include structural and restoration of churches, and also their conservation of their respective works of art, with two of the paintings being of renowned 18th century artist Francesco Zahra, considered to be the greatest Maltese painter of his time.
Parliamentary Secretary Zrinzo Azzopardi explained that such churches are crucial to Malta’s culture, saying that the façade of Qrendi’s church will not only improve the look of the church, but also of Qrendi as a whole locality.
He added that such projects help strengthen Malta’s tourism, as well as showcase Malta’s very rich historical cultural heritage.
The statement released on the Government of Malta’s official website read that such “investment in the tourism sector, especially now, is considered essential so we don’t just regenerate our economy, but also strengthen it.”
Adding to Parliamentary Secretary Zrinzo Azzopardi’s remarks, Mr Pace Ross stated that these ten projects will add up to €1.5 million, and will continue to enhance Malta’s cultural heritage.
The statement also read that the funds will also be used in the “restoration of the façade of the Archbishop Palace in Valletta”.
The Archbishop Palace has opened its doors to plenty of visitors in the past, most notably throughout the Notte Bianca and the Valletta Green Festival in 2017, in the latter welcoming over 3,600 visitors, having the chance to view its underground vaults and the wonderful garden at the heart of it.
Qrendi’s Parish Church is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and was dedicated in 1782.