The Wardija Punic temple in Gozo, which commands amazing views of Fungus Rock and the Azure Window in Dwejra, is badly in need of preservation.

John Michael Mizzi, who regularly organises countryside walks in Gozo, said the temple was well preserved until it was excavated by the Italians in the 1960s. However, once they finished their work, they left the site to deteriorate.

Moreover, he said a sculpture of the Punic Goddess Tanit was carved out and stolen during filming by a French crew in the 1990s.

The temple consists of a man-made cave with six niches, two cisterns, troughs and a round vase-shaped well, which has a unique head with four groves to possibly hold ritualistic wooden planks over it.

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