€1.6 million for mobile app on the history of Marsamxett

DOI / Jeremy Wonnacott

A new mobile app aimed at giving new life to the history of Marsamxett is being developed by a local productions company after it was awarded a tender valued at €1.6 million which is co-financed via European funds. The project is being managed by the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation.

The app will include information about the buildings and history of the area in five different languages. It will also include the possibility of taking pictures and selfies in an environment inspired by the past as well as an underwater experience, among other features. Sites which will be featured include the Auberge de Baviere, Auberge d’Aragon and House of Catalunya, the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Fort St Elmo, the bastions and the Manderaggio zone, among others.

Capital Projects Minister Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for EU funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi visited Monolith Productions offices where the app is being developed on Tuesday.

In a statement, Borg said that the government recognised the unique value of this historical part of the capital city adding that it was the reason behind the extensive regeneration project. He explained that through the pooling of European and local resources new life could be breathed into this area. The mobile app would enable Maltese and foreign visitors to experience different parts of the Marsamxett area in different eras.

“Another clear example of the investment this Government is making both to raise the standard of living of our country as well as to boost our touristic product,” Borg remarked.

Parliamentary Secretary Zrinzo Azzopardi noted how the project was incorporating the use of technology as part of the Marsamxett regeneration project in Valletta. “The visitor will be able to observe what there presently is and what was lost throughout the years,” Zrinzo Azzopardi said.

The investment was co-funded by European funds.