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Address: Triq Hagar Qim, Qrendi, Island of Malta 2502, Malta
Phone Number: +356 21 424 231
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Description: OPENING HOURS: During winter (1st October till 31st March) open Monday to...
OPENING HOURS: During winter (1st October till 31st March) open Monday to Sunday from 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs). During Summer (1st April till 30th September) open Monday to Sunday from 08.00 till 19.15hrs (last admission at 18.45hrs). 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 Hagar Qim Temples. It consists of three buildings facing a common oval forecourt. The first and oldest structure dates to the Ggantija 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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Neothlithic site with splendid coastal views

I'm glad I visited the archaeological museum in Valletta before visiting to give further background. It's also worth buying a Bradt Guide on Malta for something to refer back to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I'm glad I visited the archaeological museum in Valletta before visiting to give further background. It's also worth buying a Bradt Guide on Malta for something to refer back to if you are interested in ancient history. The new domes over the sites do create an extra atmosphere and allows you to at least escape out of the sun whilst... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Due to time constraints, couldnt get fully close, however they and Hagar Qim are well worth a visit as it's more informative and better preserved than Stonehenge!!

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is the second site at Hagar Kim , another gem. Beware of the steep slope down to this site but views excellent as you stroll down. There are walks described along the headland that you can take to add more to the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Both temples, Mnajdra and Hagar Qim, are very interesting. You can hardly imagine how old they really are - they don't seem more than 5000 years old. Very good visitors centre with models of the temples and quite good 4D presentation. Easy to find and park rented car (in May).

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Houston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This is a chance to go really back in time and away from the beaches and bars elsewhere on the island. It takes a bit of getting to but it's a good alternative to sunbathing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The story of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples is more interesting than the actual stones and rocks still standing. The site dates back to a temple from 3600BC and you cannot fail to be impressed by the size of the structure or the aligning with the sun and stars. There's a 4D cinema at the beginning which if not short... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A wonderful site with a super educational film to start the tour. The audio guide was only one Euro extra and it completed the experience. I agree with one reviewer that the tent like shields protecting the site affect the visitor experience.. but who cares.. it is being protected!! Preservation is far more important that a 15 voyeur experience by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We visited both these temples which are on adjacent sites on a beautiful, sunny day so the views over the sea were stunning. The visit began with an interesting video show to 'set the scene' and we than had an opportunity to wander through the small but fascinating museum. The temples are extraordinary, well-worth a visit, and the audio tour... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We found the covering/tent over this site, which is meant to help preserve it, very distracting. The wonderful location near the cliff edge was spoiled by the eyesore, and the atmosphere, which is usually so vital in appreciating these monuments was missing. It is a shame, because the actual remains are amazing, although access was so restricted to some parts... More 

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Victoria, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Mnajdra Temples, and Hagar Qim which is in the same compound, are always worth a visit. Beautifully preserved with careful signage and audioguides. If you don't have a car, the 201 bus runs between the Airport and Rabat; besides taking you to the temples, it also goes along the incredibly scenic Dingli Cliffs.

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