CITTADELLA VISITORS’ CENTRE
The Cittadella Visitors’ Centre is housed in two old water reservoirs built in the 1870’s in part of the Cittadella Ditch. The Cittadella Masterplan recommended that the two reservoirs be converted into a Visitors’ Centre to offer the much needed interpretation facilities at Cittadella. Conversion works were undertaken as part of the EU co-funded project for the Implementation of the Cittadella Masterplan Recommendations.
The Visitors’ Centre is divided into two main areas. The first area offers a number of interactive touch screens and printed panels which deal with various aspects of Cittadella including the evolution of Cittadella, nature, military history, ecclesiastical history and civil history. The other area was converted into a surround theatre where visitors can watch an eight minute video on the salient moments of the millenarian history of Cittadella. All information is available in eight languages.
The Visitors Centre is open daily between 9.00am and 5.00pm except on 24, 25 and 31 December, 1 January and Good Friday. A €5 ticket entitles visitors to visit the Cittadella Visitors’ Centre, the Gozo Archaeology Museum, the Nature Museum, the Old Prisons and the Gran Castello Historic House.
The Cittadella Visitors’ Centre has won prestigious awards including the Prix d’ Honneur and Silver Medal by Din l-Art Helwa Malta’s leading NGO in Cultural Heritage, the 2016 Malta Architects Awards and the 2017 Install Award. It has also earned a 2017 certificate of excellence from Tripadvisor.
(Photos by Ross Magri)