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The Phoenicia Malta supports the reconstruction of St Publius Triumphal Arch

Presentation of painting to Robyn

The Phoenicia Malta, the island’s first 5-star hotel, is synonymous with Floriana ever since the hotel welcomed its first guests on the 3rd of November 1947. The Phoenicia Malta remains evergreen, building upon a wonderful story rich with history, pride and sense of family.

The Phoenicia Malta, 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.

During a presentation the Floriana Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Charles Cini, accompanied by Fundraising officer Julian Holland, presented a token of appreciation – a painting of the Arch by artist Mark Schembri. The painting is a limited edition of 1 out of 20 which was commissioned for the occasion, and he expressed his gratitude to the Phoenicia Malta for the donation which will aid them to complete the reconstruction.

Speaking on behalf of the company Ms Robyn Pratt General Manager stated, “We are honoured and delighted to contribute to the reconstruction of the St. Publius Triumphal Arch, a revered part of Floriana’s cultural heritage. This endeavor holds particular significance as Floriana is this year celebrating its 300th Year since its Foundation.”

The St. Publius Triumphal Arch holds a distinguished place in Maltese history, 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 its unfortunate arson attack and destruction in 2019.

In collaboration with the Government, the Archbishop’s Curia, and other local businesses, the reconstruction project commenced in 2020, bears a targeted completion date by the first quarter 2025.



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