Just a few streets away fom the Tarxien complex in Paola is the vast undereground carved temple with catacombs known as the Hypogeum. This top attraction is usually booked up days and weeks in advance as only small groups (10 people max) at a time are taken on the 45 minuted guided tour.
The day we were here even in low season it was booked up for the next two days - besides which we had already seen 3 temple sites by now and plus photography is not allowed. Anne made reservations for a visit here for the following week so hopefully she can tell us more about it.
The best-known statue at Tarxien is an oversize partial torso which may represent a mother goddess of fertility - note that this is just a preserved copy though, to see the original and other finds from the temples you should visit the Archaeological Museum in Valletta.
Evidence of burning (note the orange tinged stone walls) indicate possibe ritual cremations took place in these chambers. The site was also reused by later Bronze Age settlers (2400-1500 BC).