New State of the Art Museum project and national monument will make St John’s Co-Cathedral a cultural landmark in the Mediterranean and Valletta’s crown jewel
The St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation expresses deep disappointment at recent comments made by the Italian Government’s representative, Vittorio Sgarbi, regarding the extension of the St John’s Co-Cathedral museum in Valletta, Malta.
The project aims to create a dedicated space to exhibit the 29 tapestries in one hall, aligning with the original vision of Grand Master Perellos when he commissioned their creation. This project involves significant restoration and construction work within one of Malta’s historically most important monuments.
Throughout the planning and approval process, the Foundation engaged in continuous discussions with various stakeholders, including national planning, heritage, transport and local authorities. The actual permitting approval process was subject to an on-site Advisory Mission and a further expert evaluation by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre’s Advisory Body ICOMOS in 2015 and 2018. Proposed amendments by ICOMOS were meticulously taken onboard in line with an overt commitment to preserving the cultural and historical integrity of the monument.
All decisions and adjustments made to the existing structure were conducted with meticulous care and based on thorough research and investigations to ensure a profound understanding of the site.
The extended museum will not only house the 29 tapestries but will also include spaces for the Cappella Ardente, Choral Books, the silver collection, sacred vestments, and the Caravaggio Centre, which will showcase the life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio in Malta. Moreover, the project aims to alleviate the strain on the church caused by the influx of daily visitors.
The Foundation remains committed to transparency and collaboration in its efforts to preserve and enhance Malta’s rich cultural heritage.
Photos: The St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation