St George Basilica’s dome restored

MGOZ: Terry Camilleri

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The dome of St George’s Basilica has undergone restoration work and was officially inaugurated on Friday.

The dome was first unveiled in 1949, just four years after the end of the Second World War. Then Parish Priest of St George’s and Archpriest of the Cathedral Church, Mgr Michael Cefai had instructed Roman painter Gian Battista Conti to paint episodes from the Book of the Apocalypse. Conti also painted the four paintings of a triangular shape beneath the dome known as the lunetti which represent the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love together with Sacrifice. The dome of St George’s Basilica was inaugurated by Bishop Giuseppe Pace.

Another project was launched on Friday which will see appropriate lighting installed at the Basilica.

Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana who was present for the official celebration said that the Ministry funded some of the restoration work carried out on the dome.

The project was carried out by KURA Association within the Gozo Diocese and co-financed through EU funds.

The Ministry for Gozo has already given €65,000 for the new lighting system, Caruana said. During the inauguration, Caruana thanked Parliamentary Secretary for European Affairs Aaron Farrugia and the Apostolic Administrator of Gozo Mario Grech.