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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
Type: Ancient Ruins
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... more » 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. « less
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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Its a long steep walk down to this temple, not a great deal to see and obviously a good climb back to the visitor centre. Do not be tempted to use the Nature walk 'A'. Its unmade and dangerous.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

The museum is just right, giving you both interesting information and being interactive, without being overwelming. The ruins are also beautiful, albeit the view and atmosphere are a little destroyed by the now overhaning canopy domes. However, if these are needed to protect the site from further damage, then its worth the sacrifice! A nice place to visit!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Went here recently on the hop on/hop off bus from Sliema and found it to be an excellent experience. I bought the ticket for both sites which made it very good value. The site is now under a huge awning to protect it but with a fantastic location by the sea you can see why they'd put something like this... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Hagar Qim is well worth the trip from town. On a desolate hill side overlooking the sea, the spirits of the ages talk to you of their faith, their fears, their way of life almost 5000 years ago.

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Belluno, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

What was once a pearl among the Mediterranean archeological sites, similar to Mycenae but on a stupendous cliff, is now (together with the close by Hagar Qim temple) ruined by a wrong architectural project (it'is like to see a covered tennis court in the middle of a beautiful natural area). Preservation is understandable, but, believe me, there are many other... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Same as Hagar this is a worthwhile visits. It's just a walk away from Hagar and right on the coast so the scenery is amazing. Lovely location. Being out amongst the farms creates a atmospheric scenic place...

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Hong Kong
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32 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Well worth getting out here - hourly buses from the airport and from Mdina. Good for 2 hours of wandering in the ruins, exploring the temples and reading all about them on informative signs (English and Maltese, but they have multilingual audio guides as well). Situated on the SW coast, stunning views across the sea. A watch tower to go... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Liek Hagar Qim, most of this megalithic site was covered up and thus preserved for thousands of years. Now that it is exposed, it has to be covered to protect it from the environment and this of course ruins the experience for the photographer who is trying to capture such an extraordinarily ancient site. You know that it has to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I reviewed this with Hagar Qim! You walk down to Mnajdra temple from Hagar Qim. This temple is the most interesting of them all. Well worth the walk back up.

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Derry, United Kingdom
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Our experience of the temples was disappointing to say the least. We arrived just 1.5 hours before closing & were told we were too late to avail of an audio guide. No discount offered either! Long walk down to temple wasn't a problem but the site at the end certainly wasn't worth the trek. Very little information on the accompanying... More

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AndSeg, Heritage Malta Marketing & Communications at Mnajdra Temples, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Mnajdra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, inscribed as part of ‘The Megalithic Temples of Malta’ in the World Heritage List. They are “an outstanding example of a type of building which illustrates a significant stage in human history”. The South Temple at Mnajdra is aligned in a manner that it marks the position of... More

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