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Ancient Temples of Malta

1 Day Tour
7/8 hours
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Hagar Qim Temples

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Tour Description

Megalithic Temples of Malta
An insight into an era dominated by temple builders on a tour that will unfold our ancient history dating back to 3300BC.

During the morning we will be visiting the Hagar Qim Temple Complex which includes Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples. Before entering the temples we start at the new visitors centre where you can easily understand how these magnificent temples where built over 5000 years ago! We then continue with a tour of the Hagar Qim Temple. This temple has the largest and heaviest megaliths out of all the temple sites around the Maltese Islands, some slabs weighing a staggering 20 tons. We then make our way down to the Mnajdra Temple complex which entails a walk of around 500mts. This unique and impressive complex overlooks the tiny isle of Filfla. This site is probably the most atmospheric of all Malta’s temples and is also known as the Calendar in Stone because it marks the two Solstices and the two Equinoxes.

We proceed with our tour passing the Blue Grotto (if time allows we may also have time for a boat trip to visit the grotto) and typical local villages until we reach the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Here we will stop for a lunch break before continuing with our tour.

In the afternoon we will visit two very important sites. Our first stop will be at the Tarxien Temples. Tarxien was the first temple site to be excavated scientifically and it offers a unique collection of circa. 3000 BC sanctuaries. Stone idols and tablets, domestic animals carved in relief, altars and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns, oracular chambers and riches enhance the attractions of these temples.

Our final stop is at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hal Saflieni Hypogeum(closed from 6th June 2016 to June 2017). During this period a visit to Ghar Dalam Cave & Museum is included instead). This unique, ancient underground monument is 12 metres below street level. It consists of a network of passages, chambers and caves cut on three levels, similar to the interior of a megalithic temple. The most impressive part of the temple is the "Holy of Holies" and one of the most important prehistoric masterpieces known as the "Sleeping Lady" was also found here.

At this stage our tour comes to an end and we will make our way back.

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