One of Gozo’s most iconic attractions, the small fortified city of Cittadella, has been sealed off by an unsavoury frosted glass door carrying a sketch of the fortifications.
Many have already expressed their disappointment with the new door as photos of the construction work emerged on Facebook.
The door is part of a wider renovation project. Back in 2011, the planning authority had approved the Cittadella Masterplan which dictated that the arched entrance be sealed and replaced by the original entrance.
One of the objectives behind reinstating the old entranceway was to “recreate Cittadella as it originally struck the visitor”.
“Reviving the old entrance as the main gate to the citadel would recreate a more authentic spatial experience. It forms an element of surprise as visitors walk through the vaulted passageway into the
main square,” the Masterplan said.
It also gave an indication of how this could be done tastefully, using an image of a similar gate at the Vatican.
The Masterplan also spoke about commissioning the works for the entrance through an international design competition.