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Ta' Hagrat Temples, Mgarr

(2.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
The Ta' Ħaġrat temples in Mġarr, Malta is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with several other Megalithic temples. They are amongst the most ancient religious sites on Earth. The larger Ta' Ħaġrat temple dates from the Ġgantija phase ; the smaller is dated to the Saflieni phase .LocationTa' Ħaġrat is on the eastern outskirts of the village of Mġarr, roughly one kilometer from the Ta' Skorba temples. Characteristics of the Ta' Ħaġrat façade resemble those in the Ta' Skorba complex.Temple ComplexThe excavation of plentiful pottery deposits show that a village stood on the site and predates the temples themselves. This early pottery is dated to the Mġarr phase (3800-3600 BCE).Ta' Ħaġrat is built out of lower coralline limestone, the oldest exposed rock in the Maltese Islands. The complex contains two adjacent temples. The smaller temple abuts the major one on the northern side.The two parts are less regularly planned and smaller in size than many of the other neolithic temples in Malta. Unlike other megalithic temples in Malta no decorated blocks were discovered; however a number of artifacts were found. Perhaps most intriguing is a scale model of a temple, sculpted in globigerina limestone.
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  • Not a great deal to see, but still fascinating for the archaeological enthusiast. Not the easiest places to find but worth the perseverance. Also see it's sister site at Skorba Temples, about a 20 min...  more »
  • This is a small temple site, there are a few boards up but they don't give much information. You can see how the temple was set out quite easily. It doesn't look very welcoming or open but you can jus...  more »
  • Although a relatively small area, this temple, with it's impressive entrance with steps, is said to have been in honor of the element of earth and connected to harvest. Just looking around, you can se...  more »
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  • Poor, but the warden is very nice and let us enter a little after the closure.
  • The rudest individual that will not let you in working hours without a ticket you buy someplace else (and different working time). Site itself looks small and uninteresting. Avoid!
  • A great example of the sophistication of these ancient people. We are so fortunate that this site was rescued just in time.
  • It may not be so well known gives charm is very important book and buy the ticket in advance and check the days of visit that there are hardly any two a week
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