A historic gem! 90-year-old photo shows the Dwejra Tower before glorious restoration
The tower is constantly at the mercy of unkind weather conditions which causes it to erode at a much faster rate.
A historic shot shared by ‘Dwejra Tower – Din l’Art Helwa’ with the permission of Gozo’s section of the National Archives shows what the Dwejra Tower looked like in August 1933.
The 90-year-old photo shows a fairly depleted tower which was already in need of some extensive restoration. Large sections from the outer wall are missing and the stairs were pretty much falling apart.
Dwejra Tower is situated right in the open countryside and by the water’s edge which means that tower is constantly faced with strong winds, rain and salt from the ocean that washes up with the waves, meaning it’s constantly facing erosion.
Although it was built in 1652, by 1681 it was already being reported that repair was needed on the tower’s outer walls as well as the stairs and the entrance.
Nonetheless, the tower was only fully restored by Din l-Art Helwa in 1997/98 before it was restored again just this year, in May 2023.