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“Very impressive” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ggantija Megalithic Temples

Ggantija Megalithic Temples
Xaghra, Ggantija, Island of Gozo, Malta
00356 21553194
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Ggantija
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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“Very impressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Whilst visiting Gozo we stumbled across these Temples. They are well signposted with a modest entrance fee with access for disabled visitors There are great views from the Temples with facilities and information in English and maltese spread around the site.

Not the biggest as when visiting the temples it will not take long, but to marvel at the history and wonder complimented with the views makes it a memorable visit.

Visited May 2013
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“The oldest free-standing structures in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This is a UNESCO world heritage site and entry is included in the Heritage Malta pass. Otherwise it's 5 euros.
The temples are on the south side of Xagħra, on Gozo. If you're driving there, the signs, like many in Gozo, are fine a few miles out but disappear when you get close. It's on a bus route, so stick to the wider roads, or follow a tour bus if you can't find the place.
The temples site is fairly small but the amount still standing is impressive, although some of the facade is now propped up by scaffolding as the Maltese decide how best to preserve the place.
Access is fairly easy, unlike some of the other Maltese temples, and ramps / walkways allow wheelchairs to be used.

Visited April 2013
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“Atmospheric”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We visited Gganjita whilst on a hop on hop off bus tour of Gozo. I had already planned to see these ruins as part of our trip and the bus drops you off right outside the entrance. The site is small but the entrance price is only 5 euros. A short walk takes you straight to the ruins and although there is some scaffolding up this does not take away the wonder of the place. At over 5000 years it is the oldest free standing temple in the world and was hidden for centuries until rediscovered in the 19th century, it was originally thought to have been a burial mound.
There were several people there on some kind of new age pilgrimage, meditating at some points which did slightly obscure some views within the temple, but it did add to the atmosphere. There are lots of information points throughout the small site and an audio point giving the history of the renovation and discovery of the ruins.
Amazing views across to the Citadel in Victoria.

Visited April 2013
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“Impressive very old temples over 5,000 years old”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

These megalithic temples date from 3,000 B.C. - 4,000 B.C. years, older than the Egyptians pyramids.

One asks himself how could the Stone Age people move these huge stone slabs.
The answer lays close by, in the huge stone balls , that were used as wheels by the builder, who displayed impressive artistic skills in their decorations.

Visited April 2013
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“Very interesting !”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

At the moment of our visit (april 2013) they were constructing a new visitors center. So I guess, it will be even more interesting in a couple of months.
The remains of the ancient temples are well kept, altough one needs a lot of phantasy imaging how the site could have been.

Friendly people at the entrance!

Visited April 2013
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