Malta’s Triton Fountain to be turned off for a week

It’s become one of Malta’s most popular spots for taking selfies and guarantees hundreds of Instagram likes.

But now the Triton Fountain at the entrance to Valletta is to be turned off for a week.

The water will be switched off from Wednesday so that cleaning work can be carried out.

Limestone deposits, which have built up since the fountain was restored six months ago, will be removed from the internal pipe work.

A spokesman for the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure in Floriana told 89.7 Bay: ‘These works form part of the programmed of maintenance which needs to take place continuously so that the fountain is kept clean with fully functional lights and jets.

‘This latest work will take around a week to complete.’

The restoration of the landmark statue cost €4 million.

It was originally designed by Maltese sculptor Vincent Apap and was officially unveiled on Saturday 16 May 1959.

Photos: Mark Cassar Photography, Julia Grech

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