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Hagar Qim Temples
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Malta Prehistoric Temples Tour
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Qrendi
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: OPENING HOURS: During Summer (1st April till 30th September) open Monday to Sunday from 08.00 till 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs). During winter (1st October till 31st March) open Monday to Sunday from 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs). 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.
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Hagar Qim is one of a pair of temples here and is the less interesting of the two. Combined with Mnajdra, it is well preserved and gives a good insight into Malta of the neolithic period. If it were a stand alone temple site, it would not necessarily have the draw it does and is definitely enhanced by the magnificent Mnajdra temples.

Thank tombillinge
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Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

Used my GPS to find the place, drove through really narrow Streets to get there.

A really interesting history and a bit comparable to both stone henge and the pyramids.

It is really worth to pay for an audio guide. Gives a lot more information than the place itself.

The price is a bit high compared to what you see. There is Security guards and cameras watching you all the time.

But an interesting place to visit, but other places could be more worth the amount of money.

The Restaurant is very recommendable

Thank Mjadk
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The temples of Hagar Qim and nearby Mnajdra are over 5000 years old - built during the late Neolithic period. Some of the stones are enormous and one is left wondering how those early people were able to manoeuvre them. What drove them? Some all-powerful belief or economic and physical pressure from chieftains?

For centuries they lay neglected - a few stones peering above the earth's surface, hardly hinting at what lay below. Then in the nineteenth century archaeologists began to nose around, gradually revealing the amazing ruins. Since then physical deterioration happened year on year until a couple of years ago when the Maltese government decided to shield them with arching tent-like structures.

Just offshore, within sight of both temple sites, is the island of Filfla and it is my instinct that there was a significant relationship between the temple sites and this small island which tragically has often been used for naval target practice!

The visit to the two temple sites was quite expensive - nine euros per adult - and I was annoyed to discover that we could have borrowed audio-guides. The man at the ticket desk never mentioned this fact to us and we only found out towards the end of our visit. The background displays in the visitor centre are pretty good and so is the short film - it gives enough basic information. At the entrance to the attraction - on the main road - you see signs for the Hagar Qim Restaurant which is a bit confusing when you expect to see bold and official signs to the archaeological sites themselves.

Even so, a magical experience....which leaves you wondering about past times, so long ago.

Thank Neil_in_Sheffield_UK
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

When my friends and I were buying our entrance tickets to Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, I noticed a sign at the counter mentioning audio guides. I asked the girl sitting next to them how much they were, and she told me I just had to leave a deposit (20 euros per unit or one passport for all). The audio guide was well done, although the narrator asks a lot of unknown questions which gets really repetitive after awhile. We spent an hour and a half at the two temples which were really impressive. The uphill from Mnajdra was long and hot but not too steep. Be sure to bring some water with you on hot days. You'll definitely want it.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

On par with similar sites like Stonhenge. This is a truly impressive site and worth a visit for anyone interested in history. If you're already at the Blue Grotto, it's very close by and worth the trek up the hill. However, if you're not already visiting this part of the island, on a time crunch, or not all that interested in attactions like this, you shouldn't lose sleep about missing it. The facilities at the site include a small, but interesting museum (included in the $9 euro entry fee), but are otherwise pretty sparse.

Thank applega888
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