|GOZO ISLAND OF MYTH AND MIRACLES||
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Its dramatic landscape is rich in
history and myth
with an extensive legacy of years gone by.
Gozo offers the
visiting tourist much more than sun, sand and sea. The entire island of
Gozo is a temple an island of charm and beauty.
The scenery and the lifestyle make Gozo a perfect retreat from the frenetic pace of modern life. Life on Gozo moves at a leisurely pace. The rhythms dictated by the seasons, fishing and agriculture. In winter and spring, the Island is covered with flowering herbs and lush crops. In summer, it’s awash with oleander, bougainvillea and geranium. The island is surrounded by crystal clear water and boasts a series of low hills with terraced fields and valleys, providing numerous bays, creeks, sandy beaches and rocky coves. Once visited, Gozo remains a romantic memory.
Villages in Gozo reflect a way of life that is both rural and refined, from superbly proportioned squares and carved balconies to old traditional farmhouses with their typical archways to the most contemporary houses, there is an amazing amount of creative architectural detail. You'll find balconies embellished with balustrades, Georgian style facades, and a generous amount of floral color everywhere in flowerpots, roof gardens and ubiquitous bougainvillea.
Gozitan architects and stonemasons have, over the years, laboriously
built churches with domes whose stunning dimensions dwarf the villages
in which they stand.
The island is reached by a very cheap and regular ferry service which takes about 30 minutes. The ferryboat crosses the channel from Cirkewwa to Mgarr
Reached from Valletta on bus 45, and from Sliema on bus 645. Return boat tickets cost are only sold on Gozo. Buses and taxis meet every arriving boat.
year-round between Mgarr Harbour (Gozo) and Cirkewwa (Malta)
including Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays and offers a night
service on weekends (Friday & Saturday) and on all days of the week
Travel time is around 15 minutes. The mighty Xewkija rotunda, along with Victoria's Citadel, is the most conspicuous landmark in Gozo.
Gozo meaning "joy" in Castillian, is the name the Aragonese gave this island, when they possessed it in 1282. The idea of joy and pleasure is also conveyed by its Latin motto "Fertilis ab undis caput effero - a fruit land raising its head from the sea". There are other theories as well such as that it was probably called Gwl by the Phoenicians, the name of their particular sailing ships. The Greeks and the Romans translated the name to Gaulos and Gaudos respectively. Aragonese and Castilian rule, many centuries later, saw the Islands called Gozo. But the local population used the current Maltese name, Ghawdex, pronounced ‘ow-desh’.
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ever to foreign rule, the Gozitans have steadfastly used ‘Rabat’, the
Arabic name, for their principal town. The British had named it
Victoria in honour of their Queen’s diamond jubilee in 1897.
Middle Ages and into the rule of the Knights, Barbary corsairs and
Saracens raided the island at intervals. In 1551, the Saracens carried
out a devastating raid, taking almost the entire population away into
slavery. The Island never really recovered from this, and remained under
populated for centuries.
In the centre of the island its capital, Victoria, dominated by the Citadel, or 'Gran Costello', where from the battlements you can enjoy a view of just about everywhere on this 10 by five-mile island. The Norman House, on the Citadel's grounds, houses an interesting folk museum there is also an old prison exhibit
Museum of Archaeology
in Victoria where many of the Neolithic artifacts Marija Gimbutas
links to Goddess worship are located
Natural History Museum This Museum contains five halls with an exhibition on local geology, fossils and birds, the evolution of mammals, marine life and foreign natural history.
The Citadel cinemas (Tel: (++356) 21559955) project two different films every evening. Audience tends to increase considerably on weekends. British, American and European Films are shown daily.
Glass Shops: You can visit a glass making workshop and watch the professionals shape molten glass into bottles
Tragically a George Camilleri, (39) a former Mr Malta, (1989) suffered an horrific leg wound after jumping off a galleon as it approached the beach in the Trojan War in the epic 2004 film TROY. Camilleri, who had also appeared in Gladiator, was rushed to hospital, where metal pins were inserted into his leg, before he discharged himself to go home to his wife Josephine and three young children. But, two weeks later, the extra was rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack - caused by a blood clot from his leg. Doctors released him home again, but he suffered another heart attack and he died on 17 June 2003.
Historians enjoy being sharply divided on the question of whether or not the Trojan War actually occurred - and if it did, which archaeological site is actually Troy. Discoveries made at the beginning of the 21st century provide new evidence of several armed battles in the right area at the right time - but definitive proof is hard to find, due largely to the historical practice of constructing one city on the ruins of another. Homer's Iliad was written hundreds of years after the Trojan War supposedly occurred, and are primarily of importance as a philosophical guide of powerful symbols and collective archetypes. The tendency of writers to insist on converting mythical stories to factual historical events also afflicted the rewrite of this version of Troy. The Iliad and the Odyssey has informed civilization as much as any story outside the Bible and Koran while predating them by more than a millennium. Many mythological elements were removed: gods such as Apollo, Zeus, and Hera were central characters in the story who drastically affected the course of the war by killing and/or saving individual people during the conflict.
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gozo.com/gozodirectory/ & its
Links to mega number of foto urls
gozotv.com Documentary & TV show producer
RAMBLA BAY gozo.com/photogallery/pan_ramla.php
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