New burial tombs for Saint Lawrence Ceme­tery in Vit­to­riosa

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Photo: Eman Bon­nici

The Plan­ning Au­thor­ity has ap­proved plan­ning per­mis­sion for the ex­ca­va­tion of an ad­di­tional nine new tombs within the ex­tents of the ex­ist­ing St Lawrence’s Church Ceme­tery, in Vit­to­riosa. St Lawrence Ceme­tery is one of the old­est ceme­ter­ies in Malta and is sit­u­ated be­low the for­ti­fi­ca­tion’s St Louis cur­tain, known by the lo­cals as is-Sur ta’ Pażan.

The ap­proved works will in­clude al­ter­ations to the ex­ist­ing ceme­tery through the ad­di­tion of the nine new tombs, each com­pris­ing of var­i­ous cham­bers for burial and the re­lo­ca­tion of a num­ber of trees. The new tombs will be ex­ca­vated within three dif­fer­ent zones but still within the lim­its of the ex­ist­ing com­mit­ted ceme­tery. A Waste Man­age­ment Plan was sub­mit­ted as part of the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Both the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Health and the En­vi­ron­ment Re­sources Au­thor­ity were con­sulted dur­ing the pro­cess­ing of the ap­pli­ca­tion and found no ob­jec­tion sub­ject to a num­ber of con­di­tions.

Prior to the early 19th Cen­tury, buri­als took place in the crypt be­neath St Lawrence’s Church. It was only af­ter the gun pow­der tragedy in Vit­to­riosa, given the large num­ber of vic­tims, that an ur­gent need arose for an ex­ter­nal burial place. In fact, in 1806, Bishop Labini had au­tho­rised the par­ish pri­est of Vit­to­riosa to con­se­crate the land as a ceme­tery.

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