12 June 2014

Meandering in Malta: Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra

Malta is peppered with megalithic temples. I have seen several of them, both in the island of Gozo as well as in the main island of Malta. In this post, I am showing pictures of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra. These are two temples that are within close range of each other, located in the southern side of the island.

In order to get here, I had to catch a bus. Unfortunately, the schedule didn't line up with my schedule, so I took another bus which went not directly to the temples, but to a close village. I then walked from that village to this place. Again, Heritage Malta includes this in its Heritage Pass ticket.

These temples are very old, dating from about 3000 BC. The stones are made of limestone, which is the most abundant resource in this island. In 2009, authorities have thought that a protective tent should be built above it, because otherwise, natural forces are threatening the destruction of these very fragile and historical temples.

There are plenty of monoliths in there. Large stones have been used to be part of the walls, and the altars, and the doorways. Some of the temples have been astronomically aligned, and yet historians and archaeologists still have no clue what these temples were made for. It is definitely very mysterious, even now. Totally recommended, I suggest that anyone wanting to know more about Maltese history pay a visit to these sites when they are in the area.