€2.16 m in EU Funds given to Gozo Diocese to invest in parishes
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Dr. Aaron Farrugia, Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue, announced today that the Diocese of Gozo has been given €2.16 million in European Funds, which will be invested in various Gozitan parishes and communities.
The funds were presented by Dr Farrugia to the project leader Noel Formosa, during a press conference today.
The Diocese explained, that, “conscious that cultural tourism is a national priority in the field of tourism, the Diocese of Gozo, through the Kura Association, is carrying out a plan to improve its cultural portfolio, thereby contributing towards strengthening the Gozitan cultural product.”
This plan includes:
• The restoration of seven architectural gems dating back hundreds of years in the heart of a number of Gozitan rural villages located close to each other, and which are frequented by thousands of tourists every year;
• The restoration of invaluable works of art in several churches scattered across Gozo: namely, the Cathedral, the Basilica of St George in Victoria, the parish churches of Kercem, Gharb, Xaghra, Ghasri, Fontana, Qala and Sannat, and the communities of Santa Lucija and Marsalforn, which, the Diocese said are highly appreciated by cultural tourists;
• Another aim of the plan is the valorisation of the Cathedral Museum, which holds many prestigious works of art, including Papal items that attract the admiration of followers of religious culture, the Diocese said;
• It also wants to strengthen the cultural and artistic centre of the Don Bosco Oratory, which each year increases in popularity with tourists who attend its art exhibitions.
The € 2.16 million project, which has just been approved for EU funds under the European Regional Development Fund – Operational Programme 1 (2014-2020), also includes a cultural itinerary of these artistic treasures, as well as advertising initiatives.