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Gozo’s Ġgantija Temples Under Threat By New Development

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Gozo’s Ġgantija temples, one of the world’s oldest structures, is facing a new threat after yet another planning application for an apartment block was submitted in the area.

Applicant Carmel Attard and architect Alexander Bigeni submitted plans to demolish a house in Xagħra and construct a three-storey apartment block with a pool. 

This is not the first development to spring up near the UNESCO World Heritage site.  

Earlier in 2021, a new five-storey development overlooking the site was proposed and made international news. The project’s applicant is Emmanuel Farrugia and its architect is Samuel Formosa.

Given the area’s archaeological importance, a number of objections had been filed with many raising concerns that the development is not in keeping with the area’s historical value. 

This proposal will set a dangerous precedent within this area whereby a currently low lying streetscape, which volumetrically does not impinge on views from the street or from the area around the temples or from other long-distance views, would be transformed into an incongruous volume of double the current height,” the council said when objecting to the latest application.

“This would have a negative impact on the setting of the temples and other archaeological sites in the vicinity, apart from the negative impact on the townscape of Xagħra in general.”

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Julian is the Editor at Lovin Malta with a particular interest in politics, the environment, social issues, and human interest stories.

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