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Ghajn Dwieli is due for restoration! But can you recognise the area over 100 years ago?
The project will include structural restoration, new lighting, new footpaths, fire and emergency systems.

Sarah Micallef

Infrastructure Malta has recently shared news of a 2.2 million euro project which will see the restoration of Ghajn Dwieli Gate – one of the main entrances to the Three Cities of Cospicua, Senglea, and Vittoriosa. 

The project will include structural restoration, new lighting, new footpaths, fire and emergency systems, and more, giving the area some TLC.

Those familiar with the tunnel will also know of a small niche carved into the rockface, which was used as a chapel during World War II by Cospicua residents who still lived in the area, despite the heavy enemy bombardment. The niche will also benefit from the restoration.

Still, as this old photo of the area shows, Ghajn Dwieli didn’t always look this way – and we’re not talking about the much-needed restoration of the tunnel!

 Showcasing what used to be known as St Paul Gate in Cospicua, the majestic gate in the photo was sadly demolished to make way for today’s Ghajn Dwieli road, in order to service the newly built drydocks. Can you make it out?

The Ghajn Dwieli restoration works are planned to start in the coming months and will be completed by the end of 2022.

29th July 2021



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