PA ap­proves em­bel­lish­ment works at Ze­j­tun’s Mis­raħ ir-Repub­b­lika

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Grade 2 pro­tected Mis­raħ ir-Repub­b­lika in Że­j­tun will un­dergo em­bel­lish­ment works af­ter the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ap­proved plan­ning per­mis­sion for a project to be car­ried out in one of the three squares which are lo­cated at the tip of a large public ur­ban space which is oc­cu­pied cen­trally by the Ze­j­tun Par­ish Church.

This open space, known amongst the lo­cals as ‘the lower parvis’, will see the in­stal­la­tion of new lava and hard stone tiles which will re­place the ex­ist­ing ce­ment. Sim­i­lar works will take place on the steps and pave­ment lead­ing up to and around the parvis. New benches and up­lighters will also be in­stalled to il­lu­mi­nate the fa­cade of the Par­ish Cen­tre.

A new water fea­ture will be re­in­stated at the cor­ner end of the site which will serve as a re­minder of an ‘Għajn tal-ilma’ (source of water) which ex­isted at the same lo­ca­tion but had been de­mol­ished dur­ing works to the parvis in the past.

Works will also in­volve mi­nor restora­tion works to the stone balustrades around the outer perime­ter of the parvis.

The works will be car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with an ap­proved restora­tion method state­ment and mon­i­tored by the Plan­ning Author­ity’s con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cers.

The restora­tion method state­ment has been en­dorsed by the Su­per­in­ten­dent of Cul­tural Her­itage.

The pavis is an im­por­tant so­cial and cul­tural ur­ban space which is fre­quented by the vil­lagers as an in­for­mal meet­ing place and used through­out the year to host a num­ber of cul­tural and so­cial events or­gan­ised by the church and other so­ci­eties at Że­j­tun.

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