Valletta
Finally! Scaffolding being removed from Valletta’s Pro-Cathedral spire after extensive restoration
It is one of few examples in Malta of the work of William Scamp.

Emma Galea

The spire of St Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral is at last visible once again after fours year as scaffolding is removed, following extensive restoration efforts funded through the Save the Valletta Skyline Appeal.

Locals and visitors to the capital city – and all those admiring Valletta’s iconic skyline across Marsamxett Harbour – can look forward to the unveiling of more of this historic structure’s spire and tower over the coming months, as the scaffolding continues to come down.

Likewise, the Cathedral’s stone urns, once lost to time, have been remade as part of the restoration works currently underway and will soon retake their rightful place upon the building.

“St Paul's has formed part of the Valletta skyline for hundreds of years – and at long last, now we can see the fruits of the Appeal’s conservation efforts that will ensure it will remain so for centuries to come”, Sir Martin Laing, Chairman of the Save the Valletta Skyline Appeal expressed.

Launched in 2017, the Save the Valletta Skyline Appeal aims to raise the estimated €8 million needed to fund vital restoration works to the belltower, spire and stonework of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral.

Not only a historic and critical part of the capital’s famous skyline, St Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral is also one of few examples in Malta of the work of William Scamp and a unique local architectural wonder, since, unlike domed Catholic churches, Anglican churches have spires.

It is one of only three Cathedrals in Europe of the Anglican Diocese of Gibraltar and is listed on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands.

To date, the Save the Valletta Skyline Appeal has raised around €6.8 million, through the generosity of private donors and global fundraising, in addition to an EU grant of €4.2 million and a sum received from the National Development and Social Fund (NDSF).

The Appeal continues to receive support from around the world from those who share its passion to preserve such a central piece of Malta’s heritage, including musical theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, historian and author Sir Max Hastings and members of the British Royal Family.

More information about the Save the Valletta Skyline Appeal can be found online at www.stpaulspromalta.org and at www.wearenotashop.com.

13th June 2023


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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