Gozo
A heritage revival! Gozo’s religious project is now complete with a total of 15 churches restored
A heritage trail for religious tourism was also announced.

Lyndsey Grima

Gozo was on a religious trail mission which has now been completed! In fact, it was announced that through the help of European funds, a total of 15 cultural projects in Gozo have been restored. The establishment of a heritage trail for religious tourism was also announced, which will give the public the opportunity to enjoy these projects.

These 15 projects included the restoration of facades and bell towers of churches, bell towers, ceiling paintings and domes, the regeneration of museums and oratories and the restoration of organs, amongst others. The last part of the project included the first heritage trail of religious tourism in Gozo, which will also be advertised abroad.

Further investments to support cultural heritage are also in the pipeline to further develop our country's national assets in supporting business development and strengthening the tourism industry which is one of the main drivers of the Maltese economy.

Kura Association have been carrying out this holistic project for the past five years during which several localities benefited from European funds, to restore heritage that belongs to the parishes, churches and centres located around Gozo.

The sites that have been restored and form part of this religious heritage trail are:

  • The Parish Church of Santa Margerita, Pjazza Sannat — Restoration of the bell towers and organ
  • St George's Basilica, Victoria — Restoration of 17th-century dome paintings and frescoes
  • Assumption Cathedral, Cathedral Square, Citadel, Victoria — Restoration of dome paintings
  • Cathedral Museum, Citadel, Victoria — Restoration of the museum building
  • The Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church, Fontana — Restoration of the exterior of the church and the churchyard as well as restoration of the paintings
  • Santa Luċija Church, Sta. Luċija — Restoration of the churchyard
  • Sanctuary and Saint Gregory the Great Church, Kerċem — Restoration of the ceiling paintings
  • Għarb Basilica, Għarb — Restoration of paintings and organ
  • Church of Christ the Saviour, Għasri - Restoration of the exterior of the church
  • The Church of St. Paul Nawfragu, Marsalforn — Restoration of the exterior of the church
  • Xagħra Parish Church, Xagħra — Restoration of the paintings
  • Jesus of Nazareth Church, Xagħra — External restoration works, including works on the churchyard
  • Parish Church of St. Joseph, il-Qala — External restoration works including the church
  • Don Bosco Oratory, Victoria — Internal restoration works including mainstage and backstage

Have you visited any one of these churches?

27th September 2023


Lyndsey Grima
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