"The fabric of the St.Paul's Pro-Cathedral is in dire need of restoration. Recent expert architectural inspections have identified severe problems threatening the tower, the spire and the external and internal stonework. Parts of the structure are now officially described as “unstable”."A group of British steeplejacks were engaged to fly-in and perform works on the Lightning Protection System.We were contracted to visually document this two-day operation. We spent 8-hours following the 'cathedral-crawlers' as they went about their work."To imagine Valletta's skyline without the tower of the Pro-Cathedral is just as inconceivable as imagining St.Mark's Square in Venice, without its historical campanile."If you wish to donate to this cause, click on the link below:http://www.savethecathedral.com/
Posted by Juwill Productions on Thursday, January 9, 2020
It’s impossible to imagine Valletta’s skyline without the steeple of St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral. But as an urgent need for restoration has put the structure at risk, works on the towering building have led to some very dramatic shots.
Last November, a group of British steeplejacks were specifically flown in to Malta to perform some much-needed work on the Valletta cathedral. The work in question – fixing St. Paul’s Lightning Protection System – was a rigorous two-day operation that made for some beautiful filming… and local filmmakers Juwill Productions definitely didn’t disappoint.
“Recent expert architectural inspections have identified severe problems threatening the tower, the spire and the external and internal stonework,” the production house explained in a Facebook post sharing some glorious footage from the works.
“Parts of the structure are now officially described as ‘unstable’.”
Juwill Productions “spent eight hours following the ‘cathedral-crawlers’ as they went about their work”, and it looks equal parts terrifying and awesome.
Seeing as the works were directly related to the cathedral’s Lightning Protection System, the steeplejacks had to scale all the way to the top of the iconic tower.
And if the drone footage captured is anything to go by, the view from atop the 200-foot spire is something to behold.
“To imagine Valletta’s skyline without the tower of the Pro-Cathedral is just as inconceivable as imagining St.Mark’s Square in Venice, without its historical campanile,” Juwill Productions finished, urging people to donate to the cause.
The Save Valletta’s Skyline campaign is currently raising money to be able to effectively restore St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral’s instantly recognisable spire.
So far, the campaign has already managed to raise €5.2 million, with the target of hitting €8 million by the end of 2021… the 175th anniversary of the building of the cathedral. If you’d like to contribute to the cause, click here.