Citadel events this Saturday celebrate 150 years as a non-active fortress
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On the 1st of April 1868 the Citadel, a fortress in the heart of Gozo, changed from military use as an active fortress, to one of civilian, transferring to Civil Government.
To commemorate 150 years as a non-active fortress, the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, made the official launch of an event taking place this Saturday at the Citadel, filled with educational and cultural activities, organised by the Ministry for Gozo.
The focus of these activities will be a seminar at the Citadel Arts Centre, when a number of experts will deliver information on the fortification of the city, the discoveries made when this national heritage was being restored, and its history.
During the day, sites managed by Heritage Malta – Gran Castello Historic House, Old Prison, Gozo Museum of Archaeology and the Gozo Nature Museum, will be open free of charge. The opening hours will be 9.00am-5.00pm. with last admission at 4.30pm.
There will be reenactments around the streets, recreating the daily life of this flourishing community within the old city.
In the Visitors Centre there will be an exhibition of architectural plans, on show for the first time, giving an insight to the military prospective of this ancient site.
On Saturday afternoon, the National Literacy Agency is organising creative writing activities aimed at students between 6 and 12 years and their families – Xalata ta’ Kitba.
Dr Caruana praised Saturday’s event, stating that it is is intended that the Citadel is really enjoyed by the people and returned to the people.
She added that more activities, with something for everyone’s taste will be announced in the future. “This site offers great potential which has never been fully appreciated, and therefore work is needed to make it happen.”
Photograph: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri