With Valletta 2018’s opening week underway and only five days to go until the official ceremony this Saturday, the foundation’s chairman Jason Micallef took to Facebook this weekend to share a colourful update straight from the capital city. This time, the newly-restored St. John’s Co-Cathedral was at the heart of it all.
The clip is only a minute and a half long, but sees the Baroque cathedral shuffle through some trippy animations as the projections are prepped for this weekend. Everything from a wave of colours to a cross-section shot teasing the structure’s interior were seen, and of course, those traditional luzzu eyes also made it to the façade.
This morning, the cathedral’s official Facebook page announced the end of the three-year restoration project. The €600,000 project covered the cathedral’s 2,000 square metre area, with the central part of the façade seeing a complete restoration.
Even though the co-Cathedral wasn’t slated as a Valletta 2018 infrastructural project, the façade restoration was timed to coincide with the long-awaited opening week. Jason Micallef himself was in fact present for this morning’s unveiling, the fruit of a three-year long initiative by the Restoration Directorate.
In a report about this morning’s unveiling, Times of Malta also shared aerial footage of the sprawling cathedral, which includes shots of the restored clocks.
St. John’s Co-Cathedral will be one of four backdrops to the official opening of Valletta 2018 this Saturday. The ceremony will feature more of those amazingly trippy animations, along with a performance by a 140-strong choir.
Tonight, St. John’s will also be the venue for the Valletta International Baroque Festival.