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Laferla Cross area to be upgraded

The environs of the Laferla Cross (known as is-Salib tal-Għolja), limits of Siġġiewi, will shortly undergo rehabilitation to improve accessibility and attract more visitors to appreciate the stunning views.

Speaking on site this morning, Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds Ian Borg said the project will make use of some €300,000 allocated from the EU’s Rural Development Programme for Malta.

Siġġiewi mayor Karol Aquilina said the project will encompass the paving of the area surrounding the cross and the pathway behind the cross.

The project, which will make use of sustainable materials, will commence within two weeks’ time and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

There will be  temporary stands which may be used for cultural and folkloristic activities.

During the last 20 years, the Laferla Cross has become a popular place where the faithful gather to mark Maundy Thursday. The path uphill from Siggiewi is lit with torches.

Activities this Thursday start at 8.30pm.

Dr Aquilina also made a public appeal for  help for the restoration of the  Annunciation Chapel, adjacent to the cross.  First erected in 1430, the chapel collapsed and was rebuilt some five times. Between 2000 and 2002, it suffered extensive damage and has been lying in a state of disarray ever since. A part of the ceiling has caved in, and the chapel has been closed off to the public ever since.

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