Restoration Strategy

Four major fortified heritage sites were chosen to benefit from this effort, namely the central fortified city of Valletta, Malta’s most historically and architecturally important work of fortification, Vittoriosa, Mdina and the Cittadella in Gozo. These four sites were selected for their historical and architectural significance, the extent of damage and decay to their fabric and, last but not least their economic and touristic potential. The projects were so designed so as to address the problems of restoration of a decaying architectural fabric. The desired restoration and rehabilitation works thus served to give the fortifications greater dignity as historical monuments.

The works allowed large parts of the ramparts to be cleaned, repaired and opened to the public, as places of cultural and leisure activities – tourist information centres, museums, cafeterias and vantage panoramic viewpoints of the surrounding harbour landscape. This project was part-financed by the European Union – European Regional Development Fund under Operation Programme I ‘Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life’ for Cohesion Policy 2007-2013, with a co-financing rate of 85% EU Funds (ERDF) and 15% National Funds.​