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European Heritage Day 2013

Heritage Built in Stone

26 - 27 October    

On the 26 and 27 October, Malta will be celebrating European Heritage Days 2013. Admission to some historical properties will be free or at reduced rates on these days. Some properties that are generally less frequented or which are normally closed will also be opened for public enjoyment.

‘Heritage Built in Stone’ is the national theme for the 2013 European Heritage Days.  Stone is one of the few natural resources found in the Maltese Islands. Stone has been in use for millennia for construction and is still in great demand today, providing a tangible testimony on the evolution of one aspect of Maltese cultural tradition.

During European Heritage Days 2013 the pentagonal-shaped Rihama coastal battery built by the Order of St John in the early eighteenth century shall welcome visitors during this event. A Medieval Night and Banquet will also be organised on Saturday evening in aid of the restoration of the Battery. The Rihama Battery will be decorated and lit up with candle light and fjakkoli offering a unique night view of this historic property.

The Mdina Cathedral Museum and the Haż-Żabbar Sanctuary Museum will be waiving admission fees on Saturday. St John’s Co-Cathedral and Museum will be opening for free on Saturday afternoon, whilst Palazzo Falson in Mdina and Limestone Heritage will be reducing admission fees for the event.

The recently inaugurated Fortifications Interpretation Centre shall also be opening its doors on Sunday 27 October. A temporary exhibition ‘Behind-the-Scenes’ will be set up, presenting an insight on the Restoration Directorate’s work. Visitors will have the opportunity to follow talks on recent projects, view projections/feature films of completed works as well as demos of exciting new technologies used in the field. Last but not least, interactive children’s activities shall also be organised.

Another European Heritage Days highlight includes guided tours at Casa Rocca Piccola followed by a glass of complementary Prosecco to all visitors.

Properties under the management of the Gozitan-run NGO Wirt Għawdex, and the newly inaugurated Il-Ħaġar Museum will also be open during this special week-end.

Din l-Art Ħelwa and Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna will be welcoming visitors to admire historical properties under their management. Many of these properties have already been painstakingly restored and maintained, supported by private sponsorships, European Union funding and numerous man hours by dedicated volunteers.

Heritage Malta will be extending the European Heritage Days celebrations by organising its first ever open day to the prehistoric megalithic temples site of Ġgantija on 01 November.

European Heritage Days is an event organised in 50 countries, under the auspices of the Council of Europe and is coordinated in Malta by the Superintendence of Cultural.

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