Restoration Efforts Commence Following Extensive Damage to the Għajn Tuffieħa Tower
A landmark tower at Għajn Tuffieħa damaged in a storm in February is set to be restored to its former glory. The 17th Century watch tower was left with a hole at the top of the structure after it partially collapsed during Storm Helios on February 9. There was initial confusion over who was responsible for repairing the tower, which is one of a series built by the Order of Saint John as military fortifications.
As the storm clouds cleared it was evident that the Għajn Tuffieħa tower had suffered significant damage, leaving a large, gaping hole at the top of one corner of the square tower, with piles of rubble accumulated at the foot of the structure.
Built on the site of a medieval watch post, the tower was designed by Italian architect Vincenzo Maculani and has a square plan topped by two floors, with a flat roof and a parapet. It has the Lippija Tower in Ġnejna and the Nadur Tower in its direct line of sight.