09 April 2014

Meandering in Malta: Ġgantija Temple Complex

During my second day in Gozo, I walked all the day to the center of town, so that I will be there when the Ġgantija Temple Complex opens. This is a Neolithic temple, built more than 5500 years old, and are one of the oldest religious structures in the world.

My Couchsurfing host told me that I should be here when it opens, because that means I will have the place to myself. Otherwise, the tourists that are brought here by the busloads will just swamp the place. So I listened to his advice. By 9:00, the gate opened, and I was the first one to enter.

This is an interesting scene. I have visited ancient temples and pyramids before, and I do love exploring these places. The Ġgantija temple complex is made mostly with limestone, and you can see the age of these structures. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and archaeologists have speculated that this temple is a temple of fertility, due to the plenty of statues and sculptures that depict fertile bodies.

From the site, one can see the large dome of Xewkija Cathedral. Anyway, the following are my photos of this place. I was the first to visit, so I was fortunate to take photos that did not include other people in the scene.

2 comments:

  1. That's the cool part of Couchsurfing I guess, local recommendations!

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    1. Zhu,

      Ah yes, that's exactly what I thought! You can get a local perspective on things from your hosts.

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