The Ggantija Heritage Park project inaugurated today in Xaghra
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The Ggantija Heritage Park project was inaugurated this morning by the Minister for Tourism George Vella and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Culture Jose Herrera in the presence among others, of ET the President of Malta Dr George Abela.
The €2.7 million project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is expected to enhance the tourism product in Gozo by offering a new experience for approximately 200,000 visitors a year, the Minister said.
The Heritage Malta Chairman John Sarah, said this was another example of tourism investment in Gozo.
The project at the Unesco World Heritage site was started in May 2009 and the Minister mentioned that this archeological park offers a new experience at this world heritage site, starting with an exhibition representing several aspects of the people’s life at the time abd the rich heritage that that surrounds Xaghra.
The project included the construction of an interpretation centre that will provide visitors with an insight into the islands’ Neolithic heritage.
The centre displays some of the most significant and unique artefacts discovered at Ggantija, the Xaghra Circle and other prehistoric sites on Gozo.
The interpretation centre is linked to the Ggantija temple site via an external walkway that is fully immersed into the landscape, allowing the visitors to acquire a greater understanding of the natural context of the megalithic site.
Also present for the inauguration was the Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo.
A free open day, which will give the public the opportunity to view this new project, has been organised by Heritage Malta, on Friday, the 1st of November, at the Ggantija Temples Heritage Park.
This now also incorporates an interpretation centre focusing on Gozo’s prehistory. Visitors will be able to experience and encounter new and exciting interpretation material on our prehistoric ancestors.
Both the interpretation centre and the temple site will be open to the public for free.
Opening hours for the 1st of November will be from 9.00am till 5.00pm (last admission at 16.30hrs).