The historic fortifications of Victoria, Gozo, have been damaged after construction work happening near the historic building caused damage to the Ċitadella’s wall.
The mayor of Victoria Samuel Azzopardi called the damage a “disgrace”.
“I am being informed that part of the wall of the ditch of the Citadel has fallen as a consequence of construction work that is touching the wall. This is a disaster,” he said in a public Facebook post.
He said that he hoped the Lands Department and the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage would show their zeal in investigating this, and to not let obvious signs of damage to be ignored.
He condemned the reticence and slow response from the government as well as the Lands Department to previous warnings of the potential damage, and demanded that they see how to fix it now that the wall has fallen.
The construction was reportedly being done to build a door and windows that open onto the ditch.
The citadel, or Ċittadella in Maltese, was developed into the site that is found today during the 17th century. People have inhabited the area since at least the Bronze Age.