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Ta' Hagrat Temples, Mgarr

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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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  • As I read it was a site for mandatory but really did not seem to me as they charge the entrance to see some rocks (Temple) located on 10 square meters. Actually for me not worth paying to see this because it's not of this world. In Mexico for example you pay by entering cities losses but this is not so great for 4 or 5 euros.
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  • These temples are open only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and not buy the ticket on the spot. Fortunately, we had Malta passes and could enter without complication. In addition, they are very far away from Valletta. If you really want to do them, I recommend them to at the same time as the templse of Skorba, Palace page Naxxar and the Rotunda of Mosta. You take the 44 bus to Valletta, you go down to Teatrili to the temples of Ta' Hagrat. You're back on the bus in the opposite direction to Saqwi (bus 44) or Temi (101) to see the temples of Skorba. Then you go back to the bus 44 to Saqmi in the direction of Mosta or you get off at Bezzina to see the Retonde. Then you take the 45 bus to Rotunda in the direction of Naxxar up to the stop of the same name to visit the Palace page. Finally, you take any bus that goes to Valletta to return. These temples are in very bad condition and much smaller than those of Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, Tarxien or Ggantija so well you do the tour in 5 minutes... The entrance is at €3.50 or €6.00 with the combi ticket for the temples of Skorba (which are even less interesting).
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  • We bought tickets at 7€ at the City Council accross the Street from Mgarr Church from a kind, young lady who forgot to mention to ring the bell at the entrance if nobody was there to let us in and sin...  read more »
  • A great example of the sophistication of these ancient people. We are so fortunate that this site was rescued just in time.
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