Some of Heritage Malta’s sites affected by severe weather conditions

Due to yesterday’s severe weather conditions, the Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park in Qrendi, Fort St Elmo in Valletta, and Fort St Angelo in Birgu were not open to the general public, mainly for health and safety reasons. The Malta Maritime Museum was temporarily closed in the afternoon owing to electricity outage.

Although the prehistoric temples of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra, including the protective shelters, were unharmed, the Visitor Centre suffered some external damage. Members from Heritage Malta’s maintenance and upkeep department were on site on Sunday to evaluate all damages.

Extremely strong winds which hit directly at Fort St Elmo did not lead to any particular loss, however the site was temporarily closed as a safety precaution, in the light that Fort St Elmo is a highly exposed location given the northeasterly wind direction.

The Egmont Hall in Fort St Angelo suffered considerable damage, particularly to its roof. External information panels were also affected.

Other reported damages included the collapse of part of the boundary wall of the prehistoric site of Tas-Silġ in Marsaxlokk, some structural damage in one of the pavilions at St Paul’s Catacombs, and the uprooting of trees in some of Heritage Malta’s sites.

Today, all Heritage Malta sites and museums are open to the general public.

 

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