The campaign to save Valletta’s stunning skyline has been given a massive boost.
A €3 million contract has been signed to start work on the restoration of one of the capital’s most famous landmarks, St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral.
The Prince of Wales was among those to make a donation to the fundraising appeal to save historic church tower and steeple froom collapse.
The Save the Valletta Skyline appeal said: ‘We’re so happy to announce that between the Anglican Church authorities and a Maltese joint venture company made up of leading contractors Vassallo Builders Ltd, Agius Stoneworks Ltd and Vaults Ltd.
‘The contract is the culmination of many months of architectural inspections and technical tests performed by architects and restoration experts.
‘Their tests identified worrying signs of deterioration threatening the stability of the tower, the spire and the stonework throughout the cathedral, making this work an absolute priority.
‘This is an important first step in our journey to saving the spire, and it was made possible through a combination of EU funds donations from the public.’
Work is due to begin within the next six weeks, starting with the erection of scaffolding around the historic 67 metre bell-tower and spire as well as the removal of the six bells.
The Valletta church has strong connections with the royal family.
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princess Anne have all visited and worshipped there over the decades.
Prince Philip is still the patron of the Friends of the Cathedral.
King William IV’s wife Queen Adelaide laid the foundation stone of the building on 20 March 1839.
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