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Mnajdra Temples

Triq Hagar Qim, Qrendi, Island of Malta QRD 2502, Malta
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Qrendi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner description: Mnajdra Temples, holder of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, is found in an isolated position on a rugged stretch of Malta’s southern coast overlooking the isle of Fifla. It is approximately 500m away from Ħaġar Qim Temples. It consists of three buildings facing a common oval forecourt. The first and oldest structure dates to the Ġgantija phase. The second structure to be built was the South Temple, constructed in the early Tarxien phase. The Central Temple, inserted between the other two, was the last to be built. Remains to the north-east and south of these buildings indicate that these three structures are only the best preserved of a larger complex.In order to reduce the irreversible damage caused by deterioration and structural problems that the temples were facing due to their continuous exposure to the elements, these temples are nowadays sheltered. Rain, sea salt spray and dust, fluctuations in temperature and relative humidity, solar radiation, sulphur oxide and nitrous oxide pollution, and volcanic emissions, as well as biological organisms, are some of those elements from which these precious Megalithic structures necessitated long-term protection. Today the temples are experiencing a dramatic reduction in the progressive deterioration of these world heritage monuments by natural agents as a result of the installed shelters.

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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171 reviews 171 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Not usually my cup of tea but we went here to kill time on our way to the airport. Ended up spending a decent amount of time investigating both temples and imagining their fascinating history. There is a short yet fairly well done 3D movie at the start which gives a brief overview and great access in and around the... More

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Oslo, Norway
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Malta is a mysterious place, that’s for certain. I wrote that in another review just recently, and will repeat it here. When in Valletta for a conference in September, we visited the temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra twice. The first time with three bussloads of conference participants on a very hot afternoon, the second time we were up at... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Monumental megalithic buildings will surprise any visitor. On the site you have to admire the ancient builders who worked and managed to rise to the height of obrovksé stone blocks weighing several tons. The buildings are easily accessible near the village of Qrendi. Since the temple is a beautiful view on the smallest island of the Maltese archipelago Filfla.

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Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Mnajdra temples are the steppingstone to the final and most important of the goddess temple complexes. the progression from the simple 'solar' catching temples to these complex astrological star maps which capture the transits of both Venus and Mars as well as the setting sun is amazing.Clearly much time study and physical effort on behalf of worshipers/community tells a tale... More

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Stanwick, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

A very interesting historic site with a remarkable view of the Mediterranean Sea. Only a few minutes walk from the Hagar Qim site, this location provides a larger complex in which to walk around. The only downside is that there are many visitors (even in "off season"), which made walking through/around the site and photos challenging. However, the overall site... More

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Havre, Montana
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The ticket to Mnajdra covers both Mnajdra and Hagar Qim. Mnajdra is about a 5-7 minute walk down from Hagar Qim and is situated just above the Mediterranean. It is a stunning location. Mnajdra was my favorite of the two at this site because I felt there was more poking around to do and stuff to see. Both temples are... More

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Havre, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

First off: this is a two-for-one. You get the Mnajdra (imn-eye-dra) and Hagar Qim ('ajar-'eem) for one ticket. Secondly, you cannot really compare the Maltese temples with anything else in the world I know of (although Gobekli Tepe may be a good comparison, but I haven't been there). I have hiked Cornwall/Devon to see standing stone rings away from the... More

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Mnajdra and Hagar Qim are linked by a 5 minute path and are near the village of Qrendi. It is surprisingly remote despite being on such a small island, and one of the excellent guided excursion tours available all over Malta is probably the best way to visit. The temples are astonishing, their complexity and age make them unrivalled anywhere... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

What a great attraction. Leave yourself at least two hours to really get the best out of these two sites. The layout has been thought out and flows well. You start at the ticket office, an audio guide is cheap and well written. You then get a short introduction film in 3D with special effects. Probably one of the best... More

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Farnborough, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Fabulous temples that are definitely well worth seeing! Well preserved although probably better to see when it is not as hot as it was in August!

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