Ġgantija megalithic temple, Gozo
photo by David Sim

Megalithic Temples of Malta

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Megalithic Temples of Malta

Malta is home to the oldest free standing structures in the world and a tour of these ancient Temples provides a great way to see a lot of what the country has to offer.


The Megalithic Temples of Malta are some of the oldest buildings in the world, as such they have been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Seven megalithic temples are found on the islands of Malta and Gozo, each the result of an individual development. The two temples of Ggantija on the island of Gozo are notable for their gigantic Bronze Age structures. On the island of Malta, the temples of Hagar Qin, Mnajdra and Tarxien are unique architectural masterpieces, given the limited resources available to their builders. The Ta'Hagrat and Skorba complexes show how the tradition of temple-building was handed down in Malta.

Getting there

All of the sights are served by busses running from Valletta. All are situated on the Island of Malta, with the exception of the Ġgantija Temples located on Gozo.


The Hypogeum in the suburbs of Valletta serves as a great introduction to the megalithic past of Malta. It has an impressive display and introductory video. The Archeological Museum of Valletta displays many of the finds from the Temples.

All these sights are administered by


Ġgantija Temples, Xaghra

Ħaġar Qim, Qrendi Village,

Mnajdra, Qrendi Village,

Ta' Hagrat, Mgarr Village

Skorba, Zebbiegh Village

Tarxien Temples

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