New publication on Addolorata Cemetery

Heritage Malta has teamed up with Camposanto Ltd, the operators of the Addolorata Cemetery, to publish the book ‘Iċ-Ċimiterju ta’ Santa Marija Addolorata: Storja, Arti, Personalitajiet’. The launch of the book took place yesterday at the iconic Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows which is located in this cemetery.

“It is a pleasure to see this book being published. It was opportune to publish it this year since last May, we celebrated the 150th anniversary from the official opening and blessing of the Addolorata Cemetery. Mainly, this book is based on three aspects: the origins and history of this cemetery, a guided tour around this place, and a detailed list which points out the tombs of several personalities who were buried here,” revealed Eman Bonnici, author of this book and Vice Manager at Camposanto Ltd.

“During my discussions with Eman, he was always telling me intriguing details about the Addolorata Cemetery. I told him that it was a pity that all the information was not gathered in a book. Therefore, Camposanto Ltd. is really proud to have worked with Heritage Malta to see this book published, since besides the restoration and the extension of this cemetery, together with the administrative work we are doing, we are now also documenting this remarkable heritage which sadly does not always get the deserved attention,” said Chris Zahra, Manager at Camposanto Ltd.

“I entered into this chapel for the first time and was amazed by its splendour, once again confirming how much our islands are blessed with a rich cultural heritage. The value of this book is that it will act as a significant reference for future generations. It does not take much to understand that this cemetery is a living museum and therefore, it is our duty to do our part since this place is a witness of the heritage that was left to us by our ancestors. Through this book, Heritage Malta is delivering this important massage,” concluded Dr Anton Refalo, Chairman of Heritage Malta.

Edited by George Agius and Godwin Vella, this lavishly illustrated book is bound to help the readers to look in a different way at the distinctive burial grounds of the Addolorata Cemetery.

Compelling photos by Heritage Malta photographer, Pierre Balzia, epitomize the odd feeling of beauty which prevails at this cemetery in the form of artistic tomb stones, sublime sculptures, refined architecture, bizarre structures and outstanding monuments.

‘Iċ-Ċimiterju ta’ Santa Marija Addolorata: Storja, Arti, Personalitajiet’ will be available from Heritage Malta’s stand at the Book Festival (6-10 November) and from the respective museums and sites.