Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne on Friday announced a €17 million project that will see 2,880 graves added to the Addolorata cemetery.
The project will also include the restoration of the chapel and the main gate of the cemetery, which is Malta’s biggest burial site, as well as maintenance work.
There are currently 16,000 graves at Addolorata, with over 300,000 people buried on its grounds.
The extension of the cemetery is expected to take three years while the restoration of the chapel is expected to last six years.
Fearne said the project will be in line with the cemetery’s neo-gothic style.
The cemetery was build in 1869 by architect Emmanuel Luigi Galizia.
The Deputy PM said the cemetery would finally be extended after decades of foot-dragging by previous administrations.
Those who wish to purchase a grave should contact the Health Department.
Original article found on The Malta Independent