The Egmont Hall at Fort St Angelo suffered considerable damage, particularly to its roof, over the weekend, Heritage Malta has confirmed. External information panels were also affected.
Fort St Angelo was one of the Heritage Malta sites most severely affected by the weekend’s severe weather conditions. The Visitor Centre at the prehistoric temples of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra suffered some external damage, but the temples themselves, including the protective shelters, were unharmed. Members from Heritage Malta’s maintenance and upkeep department were on site on Sunday to evaluate all damages.
Extremely strong winds which hit directly at Fort St Elmo did not lead to any particular loss, however the site was temporarily closed as a safety precaution, in the light that Fort St Elmo is a highly exposed location given the northeasterly wind direction.
Other reported damages included the collapse of part of the boundary wall of the prehistoric site of Tas-Silġ in Marsaxlokk, some structural damage in one of the pavilions at St Paul’s Catacombs, and the uprooting of trees in some of Heritage Malta’s sites.
The Malta Maritime Museum was temporarily closed in the afternoon owing to electricity outage.
Today, all Heritage Malta sites and museums are open to the general public.