Gozo celebrates the Cittadella – 150 years as a non-active fortress

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Gozo celebrates the Cittadella - 150 years as a non-active fortressOn Saturday, the 7th of April, there will be a day of activities taking place at the Cittadella celebrating 150 years as a non-active fortress, organised by the Ministry for Gozo.

There will be something for all ages to enjoy, including historical reenactments around the ancient streets of the Cittadella.

The organisers of this event said that “the 1st of April 1868 brought a long chapter in the millennial story of the small, but imposing fortified town that has been dominating Gozo’s hilly landscape for centuries on end to a close.

With the unceremonious handover of the keys of the casemates, barrack rooms and two small buildings, from the War Department to the Deputy Collector of the Land Revenue at Gozo, it marked the delisting of the ‘Castle of Gozo’ from the roll of active fortresses and its formal transfer to Civil Government.”

The events in brief are shown below. A full detailed programme for download is available here.

Day Seminar: Cittadella Arts Centre

Temporary Exhibition 7th April – 30 June: Cittadella Visitors’ Centre

Some of the works featured are being displayed for the first time or have rarely been exhibited in Gozo. Admission is free.

Historical Reenactments 10.00am – 5.00pmRecreating daily life of this flourishing community prior to the progressive depopulation and abandonment initiated during the mid-17th century.

Xalata ta’ Kitba 3.00pm – 5.00pm

A creative writing activity for children (aged 6 to 12) and their families. For bookings and further information please call 00356 2598 3326 or send email on suzanne.balzan@ilearn.edu.mt

Admission to the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, the Gran Castello Historic House, the Gozo Nature Museum, the Old Prison, the Cittadella Visitor Centre and the Grain Silos will be free of charge on the day.

Top photo by Mario Xerri and below by Alain Salvary

 

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