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“Awe-Inspiring Megalithic Temple Complex” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mnajdra Temples
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Owner description: OPENING HOURS: During Summer (1st April till 30th September) open Monday to Sunday from 09.00 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). 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 Hagar Qim Temples. It consists of three buildings facing a common oval forecourt. The first and oldest structure dates to the Ggantija 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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“Awe-Inspiring Megalithic Temple Complex”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

This site was a must-see on our recent visit to Malta. We hired a cab for half a day in Valleta which enabled us to see this complex, the Blue Grotto, and Mdina with time to spare - a small investment for all that we saw. Mnajdra is the smaller of two temples at the site - the larger being Hagar Qim - and is only a half hour's drive from Valleta. It is protected from the weather by a large tent, and you can wander through it as you please with no crowds or guards to deal with. The temples pre-date Stonehenge but reminds you of that more famous place, and the stones are a good ten feet or more in height. Each temple has a number of rooms, altars, and carvings. Hagar Qim temple is about three hundred yards away along a paved walkway and further from the sea. Both are located on a rolling hillside dotted with flowers overlooking the sea, very picturesque, and only five minutes' drive from the Blue Grotto. Highly recommended!

Visited May 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

We really loved exploring these amazing ruins. The museum is also very well laid out. There were even fun things for the kids to do at the museum that helped keep them entertained while we read the information displayed inside. We were surprised these aren't more famous. They should be.

Visited December 2012
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“It´s a double stunning act with Hagar Qim”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

Absolutely loved it. The setting, the site and the maintenance.

The pedestrian cement walkway that links both sites is smooth but quite steep on the way back. As there is no cover, take an umbrella for sun protection if you walk slowly.

Visited October 2012
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“makes Stonehenge look like a pile of bricks”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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