Malta Prehistoric Sites

7,000 years of history... this is the continuous mantra you will hear about Malta and Gozo. But truth is that this is no exaggeration... Malta isin fact home to the oldest free standing temples anywhere in the world! ... Stonehenge who?

Nobody is exaclty sure how or whythey were erected, but the prehistoric Neolithic temples found in Malta are an out-worldly sight. With free standing rock formations reaching several metres in height, they have visitors scratching their head on how our ancestors put such structures in place with such incredible precision (the inner most chambers are only lit up by the sun during the bi-annual equinox) in an age when the wheel was not even invented! In Neolithic times people already had a taste for prime real estate too, as some of these temples in Malta and Gozo are found in fantastic locations with panoramic country and sea views. The most popular of the lot are the Hagar Qim and nearby Mnajdra temples in Malta and the Ggantija temples in Gozo. And then there is the Hypogeum! ...a subterranean neolithic structure that probably beats the lot in its awe-factor. If you are planning to visit, you'd better book your tickets well in advance though, as for preservation purposes, visitors numbers at the Hypogeum are limited.

Ggantija Temples

The Ggantija Temples, located in Xaghra (Gozo) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are the oldest in a number of Megalithic temples found on the Maltese islands. Their universal importance makes them......

Mnajdra Temples

Mnajdra is probably the most evocative site from the series of megalithic temples found on the Maltese islands. Situated in an isolated spot, on the outskirts of Zurrieq, overlooking the vast.........

Tarxien Temples

The Tarxien Temples site consists of a complex of four megalithic structures built between 3600 and 2500 BC and re-used between 2400 and 1500 BC. Discovered in 1913 by local farmers, the site was.......

Ghar Dalam Cave

Ghar Dalam Cave is a very important find as it was here that the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta, some 7,400 years ago, was discovered. The site consists of a cave and a museum.......

Hagar Qim Temples

The Hagar Qim temples are the most picturesque out of the series of megalithic temples found in Malta. They are is situated on a hilltop with a backdrop of the Mediterranean sea expanse and the.........