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Great Siege monument restored

Video: Mark Zammit Cordina, Paul Spiteri Lucas

A recently completed professional intervention on the Great Siege monument in Republic Street, should preserve the monument’s material as best as possible, James Licari, architect in charge of the project told timesofmalta.com .

The work was carried out thanks to a sponsorship by FIMBank plc, in collaboration with the heritage NGO, Din l-Art Ħelwa. Heritage ResCo was in charge of the restoration.

Designed by Antonio Sciortino, one of Malta’s top artists of the 20th century, it consists of a granite base supporting three figures.

The female on the left, holding a papal tiara in her right hand, symbolises faith. The female on the right holds a mask of Minerva in her left hand, representing civilisation. Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts whom the Greeks called Athena. The male, standing in the middle,-portrays valour and holds a sword and a shield.

This bronze sculpture lies in Great Siege Square, opposite the law courts and by St John’s Co-Cathedral.

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