Floriana’s St Publius Triumphal Arch under reconstruction

Works are being supported by neighbouring Phoenicia Malta
Phoenicia Malta general manager Robyn Pratt with Fr Charles Cini (left) and Julian Holland

The reconstruction of the St Publius Triumphal Arch in Floriana is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2025, in collaboration with the government, the Archbishop’s Curia, and other local businesses, including the support of neighbouring luxury hotel, The Phoenicia Malta.

The reconstruction project of the arch, which holds a distinguished place in Maltese history, started in 2020. It was erected for the first time during the feast week of St Publius in 1899.

Despite enduring significant damage from a storm in 1905 and the challenges of World War II, the arch remained a testament to resilience and endurance.

Following its rediscovery in 1974 and subsequent restoration in 1999, it stood as a symbol of perseverance until an arson attack and destruction in 2019.

The Phoenicia Malta, the country’s first five-star hotel, has embraced the appeal by the Floriana St Publius Parish Church Economic Council in its endeavours to reconstruct the historically significant St Publius Triumphal Arch, the company said.

During a presentation on Wednesday, Floriana parish priest Rev. Fr. Charles Cini, accompanied by fundraising officer Julian Holland, expressed his gratitude to the Phoenicia Malta for the donation that will aid them to complete the reconstruction.

He presented a token of appreciation – a painting of the arch by artist Mark Schembri, a limited-edition of one out of 20, commissioned for the occasion.

“We are honoured and delighted to contribute to the reconstruction of the St Publius Triumphal Arch, a revered part of Floriana’s cultural heritage,” said Phoenicia Malta general manager Robyn Pratt.

“This endeavour holds particular significance as Floriana is this year celebrating its 300th anniversary since its foundation,” Pratt said.

The iconic Phoenicia Malta has been synonymous with Floriana ever since the hotel welcomed its first guests in 1947. Remaining evergreen, it has built on a story rich with history, pride and a sense of family.

Located on the doorstep of Malta’s capital city, it is set in seven acres of landscaped gardens.

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