Tritons Square was officially inaugurated on Friday evening with the central fountain restored in less than a year with €4 million. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stated that following the project, the Government wants to carry out the regeneration of the southern part of Valletta and that the capital city will be a symbol of national unity.
After a 60-year history, the Tritons foundation is back to its glory following intensive restoration work in Florence. Abandoned and for long years used as a public buses roundabout, the Tritons fountain will now be enjoyed as a huge pedestrian area which is given back to the public. The fountain was restored with a modern lighting and water system.
At the inauguration of Tritons Square, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that Valletta city is not only a cultural monument, but also a locality where one lives, works and even for entertainment. Dr Muscat stated that today’s Valletta streets are symbol of a great variety of people of every nationality and age, as the city is becoming a cosmopolitan city and more youthful. This is being done, he added, because there are persons who are assisting in the needed decisions.
The Prime Minister stated that the investment in Valletta, including the Valletta market, shows that this is the best time for sustainable investment. He augured that Valletta, which in a few days’ time will be the European Capital of Culture, will be entrenched in the constitution and is witness to a symbol of national unity.
Dr Muscat said: “I look forward that in the constitutional convention Valletta’s name is entrenched in the constitution as the capital city, together with initiatives that promote national unity; I believe that this is a development which unite us because the city unites us”.
The Prime Minister further stated that the Valletta 2018 Foundation should be a permanent foundation so that its work leaves a legacy of wellbeing for Malta. He said that Valletta’s regeneration should be felt in the southern part of the city, including in the Evans building area as a centre of another activity in the capital, and a new building for the city’s primary school.
Transport and Capital Projects Minister, Ian Borg, said that the Tritons Square project was completed in 300 days and thanked the involved workers, while Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said the monument area is now a huge pedestrian area, with a square that will be complementing Malta’s cultural product. Dr Mizzi stated that the project will be accessible to everyone, with collaboration with the commission for disabled persons’ rights and the corporation for the Grand Harbour regeneration.
Tritons Square will be one of the principle spaces for cultural events when in a few days’ time Valletta will be inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture.
X’kien il-proċess tar-restawr tal-funtana tat-Tritoni?
Kif oriġinat l-opra artistika tal-funtana Tritoni?