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Mnajdra Temples

Prehistoric Sites

A modern visitor's centre plus being able to visit the Hagar Qim temples together with the Mnajdra temples (10 min walk) makes these a must do attraction. Visit the charming Wied iz-Zurrieq creek once there and catch a trip to the Blue Grotto. Ghar Lapsi is also close by and great for snorkelling.

Mnajdra is probably the most evocative site from the series of megalithic temples found on the Maltese islands. Situated in an isolated spot, within the locality of Qrendi, overlooking the vast Mediterranean and the idyllic islet of Filfla, gives this ancient gem a truly surreal feel. The site is a complex cluster of three temples overlooking an oval forecourt.

 

These Mnajdra temples were built in different phases from as long as nearly 6,000 years ago. The most striking must be the third temple built around 3,000 B.C. in the early Tarxien phase with a mostly intact facade and bench. The masonry shows intricate knowledge of building techniques and excellent workmanship.

The Lower Temple has a particular astronomical alignment. At the Equinox, on the 20th March and the 22nd September, the rays of the sun pass directly through the temple's main doorway and light up the main axis. At the summer solstice (21st June), the rays of the sun light up the edge of a megalith to the left of the doorway, connecting the first pair of chambers to the inner chambers. At the winter solstice (21st December), the same effect can be seen on the corresponding megalith on the right hand side. On these particular days, the temples are opened to the public at sunrise to view this extraordinary event.

A project for the conservation and presentation of the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park is being carried out in order to protect these magnificent relics from the damaging weather and elements. Massive state-of-the-art tents are being installed which do somewhat take away from the genuine feel of the place but are a necessary evil for future generations to enjoy this national patrimony.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 9.00-17.00

Last admission: 16.30

Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January, Good Friday

Tickets

Adults (18 - 59 years): €9.00

Students (12 - 17 years), Senior Citizens (60 years and over): €6.50

Children (6 -11 years): €4.50

Infants (1 -5 years): Free

Multi Site Tickets are available

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Triq Hagar Qim, Qrendi

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