Tarxien Temples

Tarxien Temples

Tarxien Temples
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, this site consists of a complex of four megalithic structures built between 3600 and 2500 BC, and re-used between 2400 and 1500 BC.
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richardemail
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK444 contributions
May 2022
Interesting site in easy walk of the Hypogeum so definitely do both. It is well laid out and presented, and definitely very accessible, but we did feel that there was just a bit too much modern restoration and reproduction. It was difficult to find any view without sight of modern mortar or what looked like concrete. It would also be better with some of the finds put on display on site.
Written May 12, 2022
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RicherTrips
Monterrey, Mexico3,428 contributions
Jan 2022
If you are in Paola, it´s probably because you will visit the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum; they´re birds of a feather.
What to visit first depends on your scheduled visit to the Hypogeum, but I would suggest to visit the Archeological Museum before any of these.

It´s not the oldest or best preserved Megalithic Monument, but it´s easier to reach, being so close to Valletta.
Take your time to wander around the gangways.
Written February 7, 2022
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WeHa 98
Aschaffenburg, Germany247 contributions
Jul 2021
It's really difficult to get my head around the age of this structure - I mean there was just so much going on here so long ago!!! Much of this is in tact to the point where you can easily make out the features. I loved seeing the decorative features still remaining and also the tables and alters within. To see the ruins of a highly developed structure that predates the pyramids is amazing! Loved the fact that it is also undercover so you can really take your time out of the sun.
Written July 9, 2021
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bwanaalan
Salisbury, UK241 contributions
Feb 2020
The unassuming entrance from a suburban street gives no clue to the magnificence of the site. There are good explanations along the signed walkway which takes you first around the perimeter and then past key points across the interior of the structures.

The site is good preparation for a visit to Hagar Qim / Mnajdra. Sadly (as a Wiltshire resident) I felt that it made Stonehenge seem rather less striking.

We found the place easily by following signs from near the Hypogeum.
Written March 13, 2020
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Michael S
Cardiff, UK135 contributions
Jan 2020
I combined a trip to Tarxien Temples with a visit to the nearby Hypogeum, travelling by the excellent bus network from Sliema. I'm glad I did my research of routes and bus stops beforehand so I knew where to alight and walk. The Temples are actually quite well signposted from Paola and Tarxien bus stops, although tucked away amongst the backstreets.

The remains are set amidst wild flowers and trees and when I arrived at 10am all I could hear was birdsong! The office staff were welcoming and, though I chose not to pay for an audio guide, I spent an hour just mooching around the decking walkways marvelling at the masonry up to five thousand years old with the help of the information panels. You can get right amongst the stones, too.

The protective canopies are tasteful and don't detract from the experience, and even the toilets were clean. At 6 Euros I'd say it was well worth the admission price.
Written February 4, 2020
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richard
Rathangan, Ireland1,089 contributions
Apr 2022
Not as historically significant as the Ġgantija temples in Gozo but the site is more 'accessible', well out with informative notice boards/audio guide. If you are a 'purest', you may not like the repro/reconstruction aspects, but it certainly adds to the lay persons understanding. For me, well worth a visit. Fits in well with a visit to the Hypogeum.
Written April 21, 2022
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Jonathan D
London, UK179 contributions
Aug 2021
From our understanding this is the best preserved of the various temples.

I love history and wouldn't say your mind will be blown, but, if you're visiting the Hypogeum (which you must do) then you can wander over here at the same time. It's well laid out and some interesting bits.
Written August 11, 2021
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JeanneCristello
Philadelphia, PA79 contributions
Nov 2019
After visiting the ancient site of the Hypogeum, I was encouraged to visit the other nearby ancient site, the Tarxien Temples. A short walk from the Hypogeum rests the ruins of a temple built between 3600 and 2500 BC. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these temples were used by the people of Malta until 1500 BC. The Tarxien Temples are a complex of four temples, the South Temple, East Temple, Central Temple, and SouthEast Temple. A guided tour app will take you through these ruins where you will see evidence of fire ceremonies burned into old stone walls, patterns carved into stones like shown below, and even portions of what once was a giant statue, also seen below. The Tarxien Temples are another example of the tremulously advanced structures that stood the test of time in Malta.
Written January 14, 2020
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WMBandit
Shanghai, China1,834 contributions
Jan 2020
6 euros for admission- cute entrance and place to buy great souvenirs and food. Auido guides and free informative pamphlets for Tarxien Temple. Nice walk around the complex to see the ancient structures. Smack in the middle of residential area and a local cemetery, the temple is easy to get to with Malta's great bus network. Love the spirals and faint bulls and sow engravements. Last admission 4:30pm
Written February 6, 2020
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Toby
London, UK49 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
This was the first megalithic temple complex that we visited in Malta and was a lovely introduction! The site is covered and very well preserved. There were lots of informative guides placed around and you’re able to walk through the temple itself on modern walkways and get a feel for the ancient building. It’s half the price of the hypogeum which we didn’t bother with in the end and was a super easy way to pass an hour.
Written April 15, 2022
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