Citadel restoration project finalist in RegioStars Awards 2018

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Citadel restoration project finalist in RegioStars Awards 2018The Citadel restoration project has been named as a finalist in a European competition for its originality and innovation

The Ministry for Gozo said that the project is in with a chance to be selected as the best innovative project completed using European funds, as an independent jury announced the 21 finalists of the RegioStars Awards 2018 edition

The expert jury composed of 15 members- evaluated 102 applications; this competition is competing for the prize of the most outstanding European project which supports the European Union’s cohesion policy.

The 21 finalists come from 20 different member states and five further partner countries.

The Citadel restoration project is competing in five categories with 4 other projects, which are Gwrtheyrn Nant Wales, Vista Alegre Heritage Museum in Portugal, Iron Age Danube between Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and, Raised bogs – A European Unique Area in Ireland.

RegioStars Awards identify good practices in regional development and highlight original and innovative projects that are attractive and inspiring to other regions.

The final selection will be made by the public and the vote for the 2018 Public Choice Award starts on the 3rd of July.

The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana welcomed the nomination for this very prestigious award and said that it acts as an encouragement to create other initiatives aimed at maximising the potential of this historic site in the heart of the island.

The Minister Caruana said that the Ministry for Gozo is committed to ensure that the Citadel site is alive throughout the year with activities to suit everyone’s taste.

Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia expressed his satisfaction that once again a Maltese project carried out through European funds is regarded as the best in Europe. “This testifies to the ability and quality of the projects Malta and Gozo are able to carry out through European funds,” he said.

The Citadel masterplan project was carried out with an investment of € 14 million, of which € 10.3 million came from the European Regional Development Fund.

The aim of the project was to improve the Gozitan tourism product, both the physical product and services provided.

The Ministry said that the Citadel project since it was completed in 2016, has seen a considerable increase in the amount of socio-cultural activities being organised, while the number of tourists visiting this cultural site has increased by 29.3%. As regards people with special needs, 60% of the site is now accessible to all.

Surveys conducted in the years 2016 and 2017 established that 96.5% of visitors considered their Citadel experience as very good or good.

Photograph by Mario Xerri

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    1. Lino DeBono says:

      Well done to one and all. Give merit to the all Gozo Ministries, both present and past. Dr Justyne Caruana the present Gozo Minister, in collaboration with Dr Aaron Farrugia, Dr Ian Borg and each and everyone that contributed to this restoration of Gozo prestiagous site. Much more is needed in further continuous restorations.

      If one sees this area photo, one can notice the soil covering the former housing areas. Over 2,000 people used to live in the Citadel. Therefore there were houses. These houses are all covered by soil- entrances stated to be four leading to the Citadel are still buried under soil. One such opening facing Marsalforn was unearthed but buried once again. Why?

      Therefore in my humble view, all the Citadel building area has to be excavated to show the former glory and importance of this place. I also question why the artefact found and reburied in front of the Cathedral Church was not left exposed provided with adequate temperature facilities. What’s the use of unearthing unknown artefacts if not made know or shown to the public to see and enjoy.

      This work can be done by asking foreign Universities financed by multi-rich institutions as well as local and E.U. Funds.

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