Three dilapidated farmhouses dating back to the 17th century, hidden away in Buskett, will be restored to their former beauty and opened to the public in a €500,000 EU project.

Built between 1636 and 1657, Razzett tal-Bagħal, Razzett tal-Ispirtu and Razzett tal-Bosk were constructed during the rule of Grand Master Jean Lascaris.

Launched last week by Rural Affairs Minister George Pullicino, the restoration works are expected to be ready by the end of 2012 and the farmhouses should open their doors to the public the year after.

A description of the largest of the farmhouses, Razzett tal-Bagħal, found in a document dating back to 1866 shows it had three courtyards and three stables. It also has the coat-of-arms of three Grand Masters –Lascaris, Alof de Wignacourt and Emmanuel de Rohan.

It will be converted into a visitors’ and interpretation centre while Razzett tal-Ispirtu, formerly used a store for alcohol and fertilisers, will be used by the rangers who take care of Buskett. Razzett tal-Bosk, the smallest of the three, will serve as a scientific centre for workshops on biodiversity and rural sciences.

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