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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
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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

After visiting Hagar Qim there is a 10 minute walk down to Mnajdra, (with the option to go on a 1 hour nature trail which is signposted, should you wish to explore the area) which is a more impressive structure. You can also see the nearby island Filifa from here.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The sheer age of this place is amazing. To think that it's been standing there through so much of our history, an un changing product of human invention and graft is astounding, particularly when you can walk around it, inside it and run your hands over it's walls. The dimpled decoration inside one part begs a finger pushed into the... More

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Viareggio, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

What an incredible site! The beauty of the work of man dating from before Stonehenge! It Always fills me with awe when I visit this type of archeological site, how man has Always felt the need to build important buildings for religious purposes, something spectacular, special, without the tools of nearer times to us. Wonderful!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Temple of Mnajdra is down a slope from Hagar Qim and well worth the additional walk. it has been well preserved and I didn't find the cover as much of an obstacle as other reviewers. The seaside site is glorious particularly as we were there in a time of many wildflowers. Audio guide did a great job placing everything in... More

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Uppingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Well this truly is history! I find it hard to put myself into past scenarios, but Kathy loves this kind of thing, and she declares it unmissable. It is beautifully presented, given its age, and whilst their has been some despoliation due to botched cement repairs, it is quite stunningly well-preserved. A great location too, with that lovely walk down... More

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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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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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