The two temples of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra belong to the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Megalithic temples of Malta’ and are one of the most important places on Malta. Located in the west of the main island you can learn about their past in the visitors’ center and museum, including a 4D cinema. From there you can first access the Ħaġar Qim temple and later take a longer walk down the hill to Mnajdra. Both temples are nowadays protected by a roof above to ensure that they’re preserved for future generations.
Ħaġar Qim (‘standing stones‘) contains four separate temples that have been built from 3600 BCE on and have been used for divine services during the complete ‘temple period’ of Malta. It has been excavated from 1839 CE on and some findings are presented in the visitors’ center, others can be found at the archaeologic museum of Valletta. Mnajdra is a little bit older, and you can find it on some Euro coins of Malta: the 1, 2 and 5 cent pieces. From the temple site you’ll have amazing views on the sea and can explore these ancient remains.
Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra temples
UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Megalithic temples of Malta’