domenica 10 luglio 2016

Students of the School I.T.S.E.T. Tannoia Corato - Malta JOTIC Project, fully funded by the European Commission under the umbrella of Erasmus Plus Funding for the Year 2016.
The following articles have been produced by the students hosted in Malta by the BIRKIRKARA LOCAL COUNCIL in collaboration with I.T.S.E.T. Tannoia Corato and Internships Professionals LTD. 


Mdina: the Oldest City of Malta
Mdina: the city that has seen domination by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians, Arabs, Normans, Angevins, Aragonese, French and Englis.

The history of Mdina, the Old Capital City of Malta

Mdina was the capital of Malta until the order of the Knights decided to make the new capital Valletta.
The door which gives access to medina is called "Greeks gate"; once the order of the Knights had settled on the Greek island of Rhodes also called roses where they had servants. They decided not to inhabit Mdina, but rather the south of Malta, the Victorious and the servants remained in Mdina.
Malta has a long story dating back to 7,000 years ago with the first settlements on the part of Sicily, by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians, Arabs, Normans, Angevins, Aragonese, French and finally the British until it became independent in 1964.
The Phoenicians thenselves built Mdina as a strategic point having the possibility to sight see the enemy. During that period Mdina was named Maleth which means protected city.
During the Roman period they gave it another name that of Melita which means honey. With Roman Mdina was much larger so that its territory stretched until its suburb Rabat but with the arrival of the Arab, the territory was reduced to protect most of the city. Also they changed the name with the actual name Mdina. The Arabs built the cemeteries outside the walls because they were not allowed to bury the bodies in the city. The first noble mortar were Spaniards and Mdina is nicknamed “the Noble City” because today still live aristocratic families.
With the earthquake Mdina was almost destroyed and the knights financed to rebuild it so there is a mix of Baroque and Arabic mix of architecture.
Mdina is very small but it is easy to miss because it has been built in a messy way. Two enter there are two roads which were built during the period of the Knights and the curve road built during the Arab period.

Highlights of the city buildings: discovering the beauties of Mdina

The houses in Medina are very expensive and they have an Arab and British style structure, with wooden balconies and stone tightened by a gate that prevented Arab women to look out and be seen. Normally the houses were built on two floors with a courtyard to maintain privacy. Usually the servants lived on the ground floor together with the animals to heat the house with their breath, while the gentlemen upstairs.
Outside each door were two swings usually shaped like a hand to indicate the Hand of Fatima with the eye of Allah which was used to keep away evil spirits: A larger one was used by men and one more little used by women so the lady of the house could understand  who was knocking without looking.

Mdina nowadays’ tourist attraction

Medina is surrounded by the oldest wall in the world constructed by the Arabs in the 9th century that has survived the bombing of the Second World War and also an earthquake in 1693.
It is very common among tourists visiting the narrow streets of Silent City on a carriage drawn by a horse with the man riding the horse called in Maltese (il-Kuccier) as a guide.

Articolo scritto dai partecipanti Francesca D. e Francesca M. - Partecipanti Progetto JOTIC (I.T.S.E.T. Tannoia Corato).

Smart City: Malta & New Smart Skills for a New Future

Malta: a small town but with so much culture

eGaming Companies, a new business arising with new investments

SmartCity  is the first European settlement  of the global network. Creating a network of opportunities,  that aim to serve the EU and North African markets. SmartCity is the leading developer of knowledge-based business townships. By uniquely creating business clusters with only the finest lifestyle amenities, SmartCity is the next generation of knowledge clusters.  SmartCity is a technology park under development in Kalkara, Malta. The project was unveiled on 10 September 2007 by then Prime Minister of Malta, Lawrence Gonzi, and it will be concluded in 2021.

Smart City & remains of British colonization
Fort Rinella is a tourist attraction, in Kalkara, built during the British period. Inside we find the British flag and a cannon that weighs 100 tons and is famous because there are only two, and is fired once a day; and this is one of the four guns that was used to fight Italians and could be fired every 6 minutes and was 65 centimeters to destroy the enemy's territory. Today is a tourist attraction because they make a performance such as a parade and soldiers play a battle.

Smart City & Movie shot

In Malta you can meet several stars such as Brad Pitt, who here has shot some important scenes of Troy and World War Z.    
Some films shot in Malta are:

World War Z is a horror thriller starring Brad Pitt. The beautiful landscapes of Malta serve as the backdrop to tension and continuous changes of atmosphere of the film. Gladiator starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott; part of Pinocchio movie is set in the picturesque village of Kalkara; Troy where there is  the presence of Brad Pitt in the role of Achilles. Among the protagonists of the film The Blue Lagoon in Comino, Golden Bay, Fort Ricasoli and Mellieha.

Articolo scritto dai partecipanti Annalisa e Francesca O. - Partecipanti Progetto JOTIC (I.T.S.E.T. Tannoia Corato).

Smart city: Malta & New Smart Skills for a New Future

Malta vs Hollywood

eGaming Companies, a new business arising with new investments

SmartCity is a technology park under development in Kalkara, Malta.
The project is to transform the Ricasoli Industrial Estate into an information technology and media that is similar to Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City.

Smart City & remains of British colonization

Fort Rinella is a strong British coastal dating back to the 19th century, built to house the largest muzzle loading cannon that is still exists in the world - the Cannon Armstrong developed and manufactured by firing a bullet of a tonne to an 8 mile and as a defense against naval invasions.
The cannon Armstrong was used by the British in retaliation to the Italian Navy that was sending the ships Duilio war and Dandolo.
After some years it was restored and it is currently open to the public as a museum where the military past life is recreated with regular animated demonstrations and live historical reconstructions.

Smart City & Movie shot

From the cinematic point of view, Malta is a very attractive destination for American directors having beautiful natural landscapes, Architectural beauty and a Mediterranean atmosphere.
The most famous movies filmed in Malta are:
• Gladiator with the background of the fortifications of Fort Ricasoli and Vittoriosa.
• Troy having Brad Pit as the main actor, shot in Blue Lagoon, Comino, Golden Bay, Fort Ricasoli and Mellieha.
• The Count of Monte Cristo, by the famous novel of Alexander Dumas, partly shot in Mdina.
• Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia, the fourth episode of the funny adventures of Asterix and Obelix have been set and produced in Malta.

Articolo scritto dai partecipanti Clara e Antonio - Partecipanti Progetto JOTIC (I.T.S.E.T. Tannoia Corato).