Wirt Ghawdex study on status of Calypso Cave financed by Gozo Ministry
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The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana has announced that the Ministry has signed an agreement with Wirt Ghawdex to finance the study about the status of Calypso Cave, as well as the interventions required to preserve this important site
Dr Caruana said that through this agreement, the Ministry for Gozo is sending a clear message that it “really cares about the cultural and natural heritage the island has to offer.”
“The interventions required to be carried out on this cave which is linked to Greek mythology, will ensure that it is not lost, and so preserving this place for public enjoyment,” said Minister Caruana.
The Minister said that the work on Calypso Cave is one of a number of projects identified for restoration in the coming period.
She praised the work of Wirt Ghawdex and assured them the support and collaboration of the Ministry for Gozo to identify more sites of historical importance, thereby ensuring that they are restored and preserved.
Giovanni Zammit, the Executive Secretary of Wirt Ghawdex augured that this collaboration continues to bear fruit through other planned projects.
Gozo, according to legend, was Homer’s isle of Ogygia, where the nymph Calypso held the Greek hero Odysseus as her “prisoner of love” for seven years.
It was also believed that Calypso Cave contained a complex labyrinth that extended all the way down to the sea level in some areas, however currently the cave is inaccessible to the public due to rock fall.