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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Mellieħa Shelters

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 Mellieħa Shelters

Triq il-Madonna tal-Għar, Mellieħa MLH 1176

Monday to Saturday, 09:00 -15:30, 16:00 - 19:00; cost: €2.40; tel: (+356) 79521970

 

 
   

Stretching over some 500m, this complex of shelters was hewn out of the live rock for the safety of the people of Mellieha and refugees from bady hit localities during the air raids of World War 2. The past here may be relived with papier maché figures depicting everyday life within the shelters, original artefects and chillingly realistic sound effects.

The shelters here temporarily housed works of art during the war years. Whilst the paintings were relatively safe from enemy bombings, dampness took its toll and the paintings had to be relocated to Verdala Palace.

The resolve of the inhabitants to survive the horrors of the war was never dampened and neither did it waver. Although often overlooked, these shelters are a fitting tribute to these unsung heroes and survivors of the merciless enemy bombings.