Tarxien Temples
Tarxien Temples
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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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  • JERSEYGROWN
    329 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Preservation under a Giant Tent.
    Ancient Ruins right in the center of a neighborhood. Can walk from here to the Hypogeum. I took the bus from Valetta and walked to the sight. They need better signage. GPS gets you lost. You download an English and or other language App that tells you the story. It is preserved under a giant canopy right in the center of a neighborhood. Im glad that farmer recognized those rocks and stones were special otherwise it would have been destroyed. A very nice gift shop and many near by places to eat and wander.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 9, 2023
  • KatePnz
    Auckland, New Zealand51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best thing to do in Malta if you're into archeology
    This was the best thing we did on our Malta trip and there was only one other tourist there! You don't have to take a tour. Catch a local bus to Marsaxlokk Harbour, from Valleta Main bus station, and get off halfway there or back. Ask the bus driver which stop you need. Also book the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum (you Must book as places are limited) which is 500 metres along the main road from the temple. Do not book an expensive tour unless you want the information a guide provides. You can read it all yourself. I think it cost about 4 Euros for the Temple and about 15 for the Hypogeum. Both really good value. If you are into archeology, you will be stunned by both places. Don't forget to go to the archeological Museum in Valleta first so you can understand the importance of both places. If you're not into old archeological rocks forget it. These temples are older than the pyramids!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 14, 2024
  • Twomaples
    493 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Spot, Combine with Hypogeum
    Easy but convoluted walk from Hypogeum, €4.5 for seniors, initially a calm, quiet respite from the business of Malta. But as you walk along the guided walkway you begin to understand the enormity of the structures on this site, both physically and historically. Covered with a huge fabric fly to protect it from the elements there are several points of interest to stop and read. Well worth the time and fee.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 7, 2024
  • KMKM
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    very interesting site
    this site is just a couple miles from the airport- easy to add to your itinerary. It is a well preserved site from about 3500 BC- worth the self guided visit. Get a Malta Pass and you can have free entrance to most sites and museum. It is in a charming old neighborhood from centuries old. The entrance is a little office door-so keep a sharp eye for it. Allow about 30 min to 45 min.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 28, 2024
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WeHa 98
Aschaffenburg, Germany233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Karen M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
This was the first temple site I visited in Malta, and I think my favorite still. There is a walkway around the site, and then you can walk on the pathways in the temples. Anything that could be removed was (much of it you can see in the Archaeology Museum in Valletta), but the larger pieces were replaced with replicas. The signage around the site was very informative; there is also an audio guide app you can download that has the same information. There is a permanent canopy erected over the site to protect it - but it also provides shade for the visitors, which was nice.
Written April 13, 2023
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RicherTrips
Monterrey, Mexico4,230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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richardemail
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK642 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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JERSEYGROWN
329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Ancient Ruins right in the center of a neighborhood. Can walk from here to the Hypogeum. I took the bus from Valetta and walked to the sight. They need better signage. GPS gets you lost. You download an English and or other language App that tells you the story. It is preserved under a giant canopy right in the center of a neighborhood. Im glad that farmer recognized those rocks and stones were special otherwise it would have been destroyed. A very nice gift shop and many near by places to eat and wander.
Written October 9, 2023
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Twomaples
Canada493 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Easy but convoluted walk from Hypogeum, €4.5 for seniors, initially a calm, quiet respite from the business of Malta. But as you walk along the guided walkway you begin to understand the enormity of the structures on this site, both physically and historically. Covered with a huge fabric fly to protect it from the elements there are several points of interest to stop and read. Well worth the time and fee.
Written February 7, 2024
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KatePnz
Auckland, New Zealand51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This was the best thing we did on our Malta trip and there was only one other tourist there! You don't have to take a tour. Catch a local bus to Marsaxlokk Harbour, from Valleta Main bus station, and get off halfway there or back. Ask the bus driver which stop you need. Also book the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum (you Must book as places are limited) which is 500 metres along the main road from the temple. Do not book an expensive tour unless you want the information a guide provides. You can read it all yourself. I think it cost about 4 Euros for the Temple and about 15 for the Hypogeum. Both really good value. If you are into archeology, you will be stunned by both places. Don't forget to go to the archeological Museum in Valleta first so you can understand the importance of both places. If you're not into old archeological rocks forget it. These temples are older than the pyramids!
Written January 14, 2024
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KMKM
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
this site is just a couple miles from the airport- easy to add to your itinerary. It is a well preserved site from about 3500 BC- worth the self guided visit. Get a Malta Pass and you can have free entrance to most sites and museum. It is in a charming old neighborhood from centuries old. The entrance is a little office door-so keep a sharp eye for it. Allow about 30 min to 45 min.
Written March 28, 2024
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JeanneCristello
Philadelphia, PA79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jonathan D
London, UK184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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