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With buildings dating from the 9,000 BC, these are some of the world’s oldest structures that preceding the trials of time from the stone-era of the Kingdom of Egypt.
Heritage Malta said today that event featuring DJ Denis Sulta is not taking place within the Mnajdra Temples but outside the site. The government entity was reacting to criticism on the social…
The works in question, which were carried out just 60m off Ta’ Hagrat, were condemned by Malta’s cultural heritage watchdog…
Last Wednesday I shared just the morning of our recent visit to Malta. After enjoying a little coffee break at Caffe Cordina, we met up with our driver and headed toward Ħaġar Qim next. We made a …
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On Sunday 27th January, Heritage Malta is organizing an open day at Skorba and Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples. Both these sites have been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List due to their archaeological value and to their contribution in understanding Maltese prehistory. Skorba lies in the hamlet of Żebbiegħ, at the outskirts of Mġarr, Malta. […]
Wish to enjoy a vacation on an island? Here are 15 best things to do in Gozo – a lovely Malta island.
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Next Sunday the Ggantija Temples in Xaghra, Gozo, will be open on free admission, to mark the fifth anniversary since the inauguration of the Heritage Park project. Heritage Malta is organising the event in collaboration with the Planning and Priorities Coordination Division within the Ministry…
Visiting the Maltese Islands any time soon? Discover the best things to do in Malta, ranging from best scuba-diving spots to visiting the Megalithic Temples.
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MALTA is home to Valletta, the European Capital of Culture for 2018 – and here’s why you need to visit the country.
1 Valetta is the European Capital of Culture 2018
The title has previously been held by Pilsen in Czech Republic (2015), Wroclaw in Poland (2016) and Aarhus in Denmark (2017).
The city will hold an opening ceremony on the 20 January 2018 where it will officially receive the title.
2 The weather
Malta’s average year-round temperature is 20 degrees Celsius, rising up to 27 degrees Celsius in July and August.
Due to its proximity to the North African cost, it is hot and dry throughout the year.
3 The Mnajdra Temples
This temple complex on the southern coast of Malta has been described by the World Heritage Sites committee as a “unique architectural masterpiece”.
Top tips to help you plan a trip to Malta and Gozo to visit the megalithic temples: which are the best temples to visit? What about the museums? Combination tickets, the most practical place to stay, booking in advance for the Ħal-Saflieni Hypogeum, guided tours & transport, food and souvenirs.
Partway between mainland Europe and Africa in the Mediterranean Sea lies the small island of Malta and its even smaller neighbour, Gozo. These islands are best known for their megalithic temples built by Neolithic inhabitants some five to six thousand years ago. The temples are a testament to a tradition of prehistoric architecture that is totally unique to this part of the world. Recognising their international importance, UNESCO classified six of them as parts of the ‘Megalithic Temples of Malta’ World Heritage Site. Not surprising then the temples are a popular tourist attraction.
As the sun rises and sets on December 21st, pay a visit to our pick of where to spend winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.
Celebrated across the globe, winter solstice marks the beginning of longer daylight hours, bringing with it the optimism that spring is on the horizon. As the sun rises and sets on December 21st, pay a visit to the northern hemisphere’s most significant winter solstice settings.
Like many ancient sacred sites, the Unesco World Heritage temples of Angkor Wat are thought to have been built with celestial events in mind, with solar alignment between the temple and a nearby mountaintop shrine, making winter solstice here especially significant.
A group of enormous megalithic structures stand tall in Tarxien, on the southeastern part of the main island of Malta. Called the Tarxien Temples, the huge structures remain as a testament to the architectural, artistic, and technological abilities of the ancient islanders who constructed them.
The Tarxien Temples have been dated to the Temple Period (which lies between the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age). This temple complex is one of six sites that form the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Megalithic Temples of Malta (the other five being Ġgantija, Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra, Skorba and Ta’ Ħaġrat).
THE LARGEST KNOWN PREHISTORIC SITE IN MALTA
The Tarxien Temples consists of four structures built out of enormous stone blocks. It is the largest known prehistoric site in Malta.
The historical island of Malta is a glorious tour of fascinating history, breathtaking architecture and stunning sights around every corner!
Stepping outside the Hotel Fortina on the first morning of my trip to Malta, the capital city of Valetta sparkles at me from across a short expanse of shining blue sea.
If it weren’t for three speedboats carving a path through the slightly choppy water, I would swear I was looking at a scene from Game of Thrones!
We arrived late the night before so it’s only on this glorious morning that I can truly appreciate the warmth, colour and sheer beauty of where I am.
After an early (and delicious!) lunch of tuna steak, wine and Eton Mess in Trabuxu, we were transported to the city of Valletta to see St. John’s Co-Cathedral.
See one of the worlds’ oldest temples
If you have to choose one historical sight to see while in Malta this is it: The Ggantija temples and heritage park in Xaghra village is the oldest free-standing temple in the world. The Ggantija megalithic temple complex is one of the oldest and historically significant man-made structures on Earth – older than the pyramids of Egypt! The Ġgantija temples were built during the Neolithic period (c. 3600–2500 BCE), making them more than 5,500 years old. They were built before metal was had been introduced, so the temples are made of limestone.
Built between 3600 BC and 700 BC, the Megalithic Temples of Malta have been claimed as the oldest free-standing structures on Earth.
The Wonders Of The Megalithic Temples Of Malta
Historians have always put emphasis on Egypt, Greece, and Mesopotamia when talking about ancient temples. However, the small country of Malta has become a focal point of discussion after the discovery of the Megalithic Temples of Malta. The Megalithic Temples of Malta are ancient temples built over a period of 2900 years with construction commencing in 3600BC, and this makes them one of the oldest free-standing artificial structures in the world. Carbon dating conducted on some of the temples have indicated their date of construction as being 5,500 BC making them the oldest temples in the world, and older than the popular Stonehenge or the Egyptian Pyramids.