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“makes Stonehenge look like a pile of bricks” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mnajdra Temples

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, 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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“makes Stonehenge look like a pile of bricks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

If you have any interest in ancient history then Malta is full of it. This temple site (together with her larger sister Haga Qim just up the hill) is well worth a visit. Now rightly presented under a tented canopy to preserve it, utterly fascinating. Pay the extra Euro or two and visit the onsite museum to get a fuller picture of the whole site.

Visited October 2012
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“Some of the oldest buildings in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

I came here after a hair raising and ball-tightening road diversion from Qrendi across farmland through ever decreasingly small-width roads so the mere fact that I was still in one piece perhaps colours my positive opinions on this ancient settlement. To imagine that these monuments are 5500 years old is extraordinary. The fact that this wonderful place doesn't have a comprehensive guidebook shouldn't detract from the marvel of the monuments. You can't see Stonehenge up close for example and the €9 here goes towards the upkeep of the little museum which is in fact surprisingly informative. If you want more info then may I suggest buying the Bradt guide to Malta by Juliet Rix? It's low on pics but high on content and will tell you everything you need to know. I wouldn't bring children or come in the summer personally. It'd be unpleasantly hot and fly-ridden and there isn't much for them to do other than wander around for half an hour.
The advantages of the monuments' canopies include offering shade and an interesting sense of enclosure which helps one imagine the original 'roof' of the structures. The designs and intricate architecture which seem to denote astronomical significance are intriguing. The short walk down to the other monument near the cliffs is filled with wild fennel and, to the right on a path, very low growing wild mountain thyme. The nature trails either side are therefore worth following even for a forage as is the short uphill walk to the natural cisterns (begind a leafless tree). Again don't do on a hot day. Absolutely zero shelter. Watch out for black scorpions or falling down the watering holes! The fields surrounding the holes were being planted with garlic and potatoes when I was there and the views are magnificent if you can swat the flies away from your vision for long enough! Definitely an off-season visit but definitely worth a trip!

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“History in a breath-taking location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Consisting of three temples facing an oval courtyard, the oldest dating to 3600-3200BC, it is located off the beaten track on a hill overlooking Filfla, the smallest (and unpopulated) island of the Maltese archipelago. You can roam the temples themselves and the recently constructed visitor centre offers further insight on the temples' history, as well as providing a well equipped souvenir shop. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited February 2012
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“neolithic trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

excellent preservation of site, would have liked more time there as there was also a nature trail. beautiful and well signed information posts. Downside, it is a long walk down to the temple itself and not suitable for anyone with mobility problems

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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This is well worth a few hours of anyones time. Two wonderful examples of ancient temples with very detailed information boards. A very special place with stunning views at a very cheap admission price

Visited October 2012
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