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“Astonishing Ancient Site” 5 of 5 stars
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Hagar Qim
Qrendi, Qrendi, Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2142 4231
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Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Qrendi
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Owner description: 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). The prehistoric site of Hagar Qim consists of a group of monumental megalithic buildings. These were built during the late Neolithic, around 5,000 years ago. The largest megalith used in any of the Maltese 'temples', measuring up to 6.4 metres, is located within this temple.Today these buildings are usually called "temples" however we know very little about what went on inside them. The nearest site to Hagar Qim is that of Mnajdra, which is about 500 metres downhill to the west. A fully accessible Visitor's Centre offers numerous attractions in itself, including an audio-visual hall and interactive displays that assist visitors in understanding the historical and archaeological background of the surrounding megalithic templesShelters, financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), have been built over the Hagar Qim Temples and the nearby Mnajdra Temples, to protect them from the elements and help preserve them for future generations.Malta's temples and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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“Astonishing Ancient Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Said to be some of the oldest free standing stone buildings in the world these temples are a must see attraction. This one is located in a haunting setting and looks fantastic as the winter sun goes down on it. Nearby is the Mnajdra temple, an equally spectacular building showing ingenuity of its builders many millennia ago.

Visited December 2013
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

The Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temples are my favourite ones in Malta so far. The visitor centre is really good - enough information without being overkill and several hands-on bits which made it more interesting. The temples themselves are just amazing. I just can't imagine how they must have looked when new, but the construction and detail which remains is phenomenal.

The temples are covered by marquees to protect them from the elements which is a necessary evil, but the setting is truly magnificent with little modern development around the site and some amazing sea views. We strayed off the path to have lunch looking over the sea which was beautiful. It felt very isolated and peaceful.

A word of warning, all the tourist info says that bus 71 will take you to the temples, but that only works when they are running the summer timetable! We got the 72 from Valletta to Qrendi and walked from there (about a mile - easy to find if you have google maps cached in advance on your phone!). The 201 which runs from the airport will also get you there but there's only one an hour so that can be a but limiting.

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“Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

As lovers of historic attractions this has to be near the top. The setting is wonderful and the protection over the main temple does not distract from what you are about to visit. The centre like most in Malta friendly and informative but the temples, well took my breath away and gave me goose bumps. Just thinking about the history and what these buildings were like and the people who built and occupied them, wow.

How did they build them 5000 years ago? We will never know but there are plenty of thoughts on how it was done. Spent quite some time here just thinking and taking plenty of photos.

A must visit.

Visited November 2013
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“Fantastic setting on the coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We did not go to either Hagar Qim or the close by Mnajdra temple on a tour, but got the bus from Valletta using the islands excellent bus service. Both temples are very interesting and the setting on the coast is quite stunning. One has to change bus to get there and back but with the information available it was quite easy to work out the timings. The journeys there and back, we went back a different way, were also part of an excellent day out.

Both temples are protected against the elements but we did not find that this distracted from either the location or wondering around them.

Visited March 2013
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“Better than Stonehenge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

A very interesting place to visit full of mystery and intrigue interesting to see how the buildings have been built and lasted though the decades.
There are two temples to see down here, both included in the price.

Visited November 2013
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