Megalithic Temples of Malta

Unique Prehistoric masterpieces

Seven megalithic temples on the islands of Malta and Gozo, are some of the oldest temples in history, with some pre-dating the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge.

The Megalithic Temples of Malta are unique prehistoric temples, some UNESCO World Heritage Sites, on the islands of Malta and Gozo, considered to be the oldest structures in the world. Each complex is a unique architectural masterpiece, a witness to an exceptional prehistoric culture, with remarkable artistic and technological achievements.

Dating back to 3600 BC and 700 BC, the Megalithic Temples of Malta was not fully revealed to modern civilization until the nineteenth century. On the island of Malta, are the temples of – Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra, Tarxien, and Ta’ Ħaġrat and Skorba complexes. The two temples of Ġgantija, on the island of Gozo, are notable for their gigantic Bronze Age structures.

Construction of the temples was remarkably sophisticated, mostly built from coralline rock and globigerina limestone. Within the temples are decorated features which consists of decorated panels with drilled holes; bas-relief panels depicting spiral motifs; trees, plants and various animals. The form and layout of the temples and artifacts discovered, bear witness to a high level of craftsmanship and an amazing well-organized society.

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Locationcentral Mediterranean,
islands of Malta and Gozo




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