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Tarxien Temples

Prehistoric Sites

The Tarxien temples are the most complex of these prehistoric megalithic structures found in Malta and Gozo. A new visitor's centre is currently being planned. The amazing subterranean Hypogeum (early bookings essential) is only a 5 minute walk away.

The Tarxien Temples site consists of a complex of four megalithic structures built between 3600 and 2500 BC and re-used between 2400 and 1500 BC. Discovered in 1913 by local farmers, the site was extensively excavated between 1915 and 1919, with a number of minor interventions carried out in the 1920s, by Sir Themistocles Zammit, Director of Museums at the time. It is the most complex of all temple sites in Malta.

The earliest of the four structures, located at the easternmost end of the site survives only to near ground level although its five-apse plan is still clearly visible. The South Temple is the most highly decorated of the megalithic buildings while the East temple consits of a well-cut slab walls and 'oracle' holes. The Central temple has a unique six-apse plan and evidence of arched roofing. Highlights include the presence of highly decorated stone blocks and screens, reliefs of domestic animals and spirals, the colossal statue and a number of altars, one of which contained a flint knife and animal bones.

The visitor experience at the Tarxien Temples is currently being improved and there are plans for the construction of a Visitors Centre, co-funded by the BOV TARXIEN TEMPLES PROJECT in which BOV has committed funds for the conservation and presentation of the Tarxien Temples, and the construction of a Shelter funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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): €6.00

Students (12 - 17 years), Senior Citizens (60 years and over): €4.50

Children (6 -11 years): €3.00

Infants (1 -5 years): Free

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Neolithic Temples Street, Tarxien

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