I never shot in a war zone till now, however upon my visit to St Ignatius Villa in Sliema on this bleak Monday morning, my thoughts were those of destruction, violation and war. Even though one could say that these photos can indicate also abandonment, whilst scouting and shooting the little bit of the area I could get through, I felt the heavy loss of this part of our heritage that we are nonchalantly giving away.
Most of the Villa's grounds are gone. Over the years, this Villa or 'Bel-Vedere', its original name, has "architectural significance (Said as citied on Allied Newspapers Ltd, 2017) and “Despite the substantial alterations both to the building’s exterior and presumably also internally (not accessible at time of study), the overall fabric still survives as [original owner] John Watson and the Protestants after him would remember it. Of course, the context has changed dramatically, what with practically all of the grounds gone, together with the once idyllic pastoral landscape.” (Said as citied on Allied Newspapers Ltd, 2017).
As I stated earlier, I never shot in a war zone, however this massacre to our heritage should at least start making the general public aware about the atrocities that are happening in our country. We are making way for the creation of a concrete jungle. A mass of buildings, that in 25 years time will have no cultural significance whatsoever, let alone in a century's time. We will reminiscent about the lost Maltese landscape till no one remembers anymore how Malta once was, because the future generations haven't got a clue of how their country once was, whilst their ancestors watched on at the destruction.
More images here: http://www.theresedebono.com/work#/st-ignatius-villa-sliema/
Allied Newspapers Ltd. (2017, November 29). Protect Balluta?s Villa St Ignatius, says NGO. Retrieved from https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20171129/local/protect-ballutas-villa-st-ignatius-says-ngo.664370