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    Standing Stones

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hagar Qim

    Two Temple complexes can be seen not far from Qrendi in Malta. The first one is Hagar Qim, which means Standing Stones. The second one is a short distance away at Mnajdra. An interesting visit can be made to both of them - allow about an hour, that should be enough time. Admission cost was 3 maltese lira for the two sites.
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    Hagar Qim

    by sandysmith Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    Hagar Qim

    The temple of Hagar Qim was excavated for the first time in 1839 and dates from the Tarxien phase (c.3200-2500 BC). Dwellers were here for some 3,000 years apparently but then strangely disapppeared between 2,500 and 1800 BC. Its amazing to think that these structures were here before the pyramids!

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    Off to the next one....

    by sandysmith Updated Feb 3, 2005

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    heading down the path

    Well this would turn into a temple day tour (later we would visit the Tarxien site) but for now lets head off to the Mnajdra temple complex just a short walk away ...and just a click away here!

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    Temple Visit

    by sandysmith Updated Feb 3, 2005

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    visiing the temple

    The temple is situated on a hilltop ovelooking the sea - just off the coast you can see the little islet of Fifla. Apart from a few original blocks being replaced (such as the lintel over the main doorway I'm standing in) no other restoration has been done and it was interesting to see the site in an otherwise natural state.

    It was quite windy the day of our visit so we just enjoyed a short visit before heading to the other temple of Mnajdra which is in a more sheltered position. A short path down hill links the two.

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    Stone Decoration

    by sandysmith Written Feb 3, 2005

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    spiral sill

    The temple's stone is soft globigenia limestone which is easy to decorate - as seen in this pic. A displaced sill stone shows spirals similar to those seen at the Tarxien Temple. It is said to be the most attractive of all free-standing altars discovered at temple sites. too!

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    Very old temples

    by Myndo Updated Apr 26, 2004

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    Hagar Qim, Malta

    For those (like me) who do like to go and have a closer look at some old stone-buildings Malta is almost the Paradise.
    It has several temples on the island (and more on Gozo, the island next to Malta).

    As many temples around the world it is not really known how old they are (Stone Age, probably) or how they managed to move these large stones or how they made it that they fit so well in each other.

    Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples are the best looking and best lokated in my opinion.
    They are interesting "window-stones" between the different rooms.

    Tarxien is the biggest temple on Malta, unfortunately it is lying between some buildings (which makes an ugly surrounding). But it has the most detailed ornaments. (dated between 2400 - 1800 BC)

    Ggantija (dated between 3600 and 3000 BC) on Gozo are the best preserved of all the temples. The Guiness Book recognizes these as the oldes free-standing structures in the world

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    The Mnjadra temples

    by Gili_S Written Aug 13, 2006

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    The Mnjadra temples are a bit further down closer to the sea, you will need to walk 5 or 10 minutes to see them.

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    Hagar Qim prehistoric temple

    by Gili_S Written Aug 13, 2006

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    This is one of the temples in this location, the prehistoric temple that you will see first when entering the place.

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    Largest Stone

    by sandysmith Written Feb 3, 2005

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    large standing stone

    At the right-hand corner of the fa├žade of Hagar Qim is one of the largest stones of any of the templs on Malta. Standing at 6.4m long, it is estimated to weigh about 20 tonnes.

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