St Thomas Tower in Marsascala has been entrusted to the care of Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna.

The deed was signed this morning by Parliamentary Secretary Jason Azzopardi, who is responsible for public properties, and Mario Farrugia, director of FWA.(picture)

Dr Azzopardi said the historic tower was being handed to the foundation so that it could give it the prestige that it deserved, using it to generate the people’s interest in history.

The foundation will restore the tower and develop it into a cultural attraction. It will be opened to the public in the near future.

The tower was built in 1614 under the reign of Grandmaster Fra Alof de Wignacourt to prevent Turkish landings.

The tower is square, with two levels and is surrounded by a dry moat.

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