One of the most recognised local architectural building
material, the Maltese Globigerina Limestone, now joins the exclusive family of
15 other worldwide national rocks and stones which have been used historically
and for centuries. This iconic Maltese
stone also referred to as ‘gebla tal-franka’, has been designated as a Global
Heritage Stone Resource (GHSR). The soft
limestone has been widely used over the millennia for elaborate and intricate
sculptural motifs and continues to be quarried today and used for new
construction and restoration of architectural heritage.
The Department of Conservation and Built Heritage and
the Department of Architecture and Urban Design within the Faculty for the
Built Environment and the Department of Geosciences University of Malta were
the drive behind promoting this stone on an international level. The process for designation is a painstaking
and detailed review procedure by selected experts in the field under the
geological IUGS EC standard.
Although independent of World Heritage status, GHSR complements the efforts of UNESCO World Heritage in helping to safeguard stone resources that are needed for the preservation of historic stone constructions at certain World Heritage sites. Read more.