Hagar Qim (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Located close to the village of Qrendi in the South of Malta, dating to the Ggantija period (3600 BC to 3200 BC) and built from the soft Globigerina limestone. It is particular as it consists of only one single temple, which is unseen in any other temples in Malta.

Its design is typical of Neolithic temples in Malta, with the layout being on a cloverleaf shape, consisting of four or five apses with a forecourt and a façade.

Opening hours: 09.00-17.00 daily
Last admission: 16.30
Closed: 24th December, 25th December, 31st December, 1st January and Good Friday
Telephone number: (+356) 21 424231
Admission fee: €5
Bus number: 38, 138 from Valletta

Ta’ Hagrat and Skorba temples

Both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and excavated in the 1920s and 1960s respectively, are found in the small agricultural village of Mgarr in the West of Malta.

The Ta’ Hagrat temples are among the ancient religious sites on earth. It consists of 2 temple remains, the larger dates to 3600-3200 BC and the smaller to 3300-3000 BC. The plentiful pottery found at this site suggests that these two temples were built on top of an earlier village.

Skorba consists of a typical three-apsed temple was built in 3600-3200 BC, replacing a village that had been inhabited since 5000-4300 BC. A second temple was added to the east in 3150-2500 BC, which was in a more ruinous state when found, but originally consisted of four apses and a central niche. In the field to the east there are two rooms dating back to 4400-4100 BC. The irregularity of the floors and the absence of hearths seem to preclude the site’s domestic use. The group of figurines found in the northern room suggest that the building had a religious function.

Opening hours: Tuesday: 11.30-13.00
Closed: 24th December, 25th December, 31st December, 1st January and Good Friday
Telephone number: (+356) 21 239545 & (+356) 21 586264 (Ta’ Hagrat Temples)

Please note that due to the small size and fragility of these sites, only 15 visitors may be admitted at a time.

Admission fees:

  • Adults (18 – 59 years): €5
  • Students & Senior Citizens: €3.50
  • Children (6 -11 years): €2.50
  • Children (under 5): Free

Bus number: 47 from Valletta

Mnajdra temples (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Is another Megalithic temple complex built during the Ggantija Phase. Mnajdra temples are located in the vicinity of Hagar Qim temples. Unlike Hagar Qim it was built from coralline limestone, which is much tougher than globigerina, which made it more resistant to weathering.

It was built using the similar cloverleaf layout as Hagar Qim but consists of three conjoined temples; the upper, middle and lower. The upper temple is the oldest one built during the Ggantija phase. The middle and lower temples were built at different periods of the Tarxien phase.

The lowest temple is astronomically aligned and thus was probably used as an astronomical observation and/or calendrical site. On the vernal and the autumnal equinox sunlight passes through the main doorway and lights up the major axis. On the solstices sunlight illuminates the edges of megaliths to the left and right of this doorway. On these particluar dates large numbers of locals and foreigners are attracted to the site to witness these marvels.

Protective shelters have been erected recently around both Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temples to protect them.

Opening hours: 9.00-17.00 Monday to Sunday
Last admission: 16.30
Closed: 24th, 25th & 31st December, 1st January and Good Friday
Telephone number: (+35) 21424231

Admission fees:

  • Adults: €9
  • Students & Senior Citizens: €6.50
  • Children (6 -11 years): €4.50
  • Children (under 5): Free

Bus number: 38, 138 from Valletta