Heritage Sites

06 Oct

Santa Marija Tower, Comino

Built in 1618 by Grand Master de Wignacourt, it formed part of a system of towers providing defence and communication between the Cittadella in Gozo and Mdina. The Santa Marija Tower on Comino formed part of the early system of towers which the Order set up to facilitate defence and communication between the Cittadella in Gozo and Mdina. It later became...

06 Oct

St. John the Evangelist chapel, Hal Millieri, Zurrieq

In addition to the well documented chapel of the Annunciation and its abutting ruin of the Visitation, the lost medieval hamlet of Hal Millieri, in the outskirts of present-day Zurrieq, had two other chapels. One of these chapels was dedicated to the martyrdom of St John the Evangelist whose feast was held on 6th May, and the other to the...

06 Oct

Ta’ Braxia Cemetery, Pieta

This cemetery lies close to Portes des Bombes in Floriana, and was opened in 1857 when the group of cemeteries close to the bastions in Floriana were full. One of these cemeteries is now known as the Garden of Rest and is also managed by Din l-Art Helwa. The Ta’ Braxia cemetery was designed by Emanuele Luigi Galizia who was only...

06 Oct

QALA BATTERY RESTORATION

See the wonderful work Eric Parnis has been doing at Qala Battery where the reconstruction and restoration is about two thirds complete. The upright masonry is now finished, and built with as much of the original and old stone found on the site saved to be used on the...

06 Oct

Isopu Tower (it-Torri ta’ Isopu), Nadur, Gozo

San Blas Tower, also known as ‘it-Torri ta’ Isopu’, is situated on the cliff between San Blas and Dahlet Qorrot. It was built in 1667 during the reign of Grandmaster Nicholas Cottoner at the expense of the Universita of Gozo. The guns of this Tower opened fire on the French fleet in June 1798, a distinction which no other Tower...

06 Oct

Our Lady of Victory Church, Valletta

This was the first church built in Valletta. It was built on the spot where a religious ceremony was held to inaugurate the laying of the foundation stone of the new city on 28th March 1566, and commemorates the victory over the Turks during the so-called ‘Great Siege’ of 1565. Grand Master La Valette was originally buried here, and his remains...

06 Oct

The Manoel Theatre, Valletta

The Manoel Theatre, an architectural jewel built by Grand Master Antonio de Vilhena in 1731, is one of the oldest theatres in Europe. Din l-Art Helwa is a partner in the restoration being carried out on various parts of the theatre, including the restoration of the paintings on the front of the theatre boxes. ...