The Malta Independent 21 August 2019, Wednesday

Lighthouse at Delimara put to new use by Din l-Art Helwa

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 15:26 Last update: about 5 years ago

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Joe Mizzi was invited by Din l-Art Helwa to be the first person to step over the central threshold of the Delimara Lighthouse which has been charmingly converted so that its former lighthouse keeper premises can sleep up to ten persons in two separate apartments.    These are built around the central funnel of the lighthouse which houses the beacon and unique Fresnel Lens and together comand marvellous views over Marsaxlokk and the surrounding coast.

Minister Mizzi express his appreciation to Din l-Art Helwa for the conclusion of this challenging task and said that another important monument has been saved for Malta through the work of volunteers.  The lighthouse was a testimony of Malta’s strategic importance for the security of maritime traffic and now it was going to be put to good use offering visitors in search of a different experience a delightful opportunity to enjoy a heritage site. 

Ms Maria Grazia Cassar, Executive President of Din l-Art Helwa together with council members of the oganisation welcomed the Minister and showed him round the site together with members of the media who were present for the occasion  whileCouncil Member Stanley Farrugia Randon took the Minister through the complex restoration process.   Ms Cassar expressed her gratitude to Transport Malta and to GasanMamo Insurance Ltd who had made this project possible and to the volunteers who had worked to bring it to conclusion. 

She said the lighthouse was an important element of Malta’s maritime industrial heritage and theinterest it has generated as  a different holiday experience was very high.   Din l-Art Helwa was to register the site within the International Association of Lighthouses which provides a platform of information to those interested in lighthouses and their beacons around the world.    Ms Cassar said she hoped that the restoration of the lighthouse would be the start of the regeneration of the whole Delimara peninsula which houses numerous remains of wartime defence structures and is important for its unspoilt rural and coastal landscape. 

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