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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Ta Hagrat Temples

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Ta' Ħaġrat Temples

St. Peter Street, Mġarr MGR 1541, Tel: +356 21 586 264, www.heritagemalta.org

Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only. Skorba is open between 09.00 and 12.00hrs. Visiting on other days is subject to an administration fee over and above the normal admission tariff per site.

Regular adult ticket (18-59 years): €3.50; subsidised Ticket (12-17 years), senior citizens (60+ years), students: €3.00; children (6-11 years): €2.50; children younger than 6 years of age may visit free of charge.

Due to the small size and fragility of these sites, only 15 visitors may be admitted at a time

 
 

The existence of these temples came to light when in 1917, C. Rizzo brought a mound in a field known as “Ta' Ħaġrat” to the attention of Temi Zammit, who supervised the excavation of the site from 1923-1926. David Trump investigated the site further in the early 1960's and established that the larger building must have been constructed in the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200BC), whilst the lesser temple is from the Saflieni Phase (3300-3000BC). It is believed that what survives until today is a small fraction of what once was a much larger temple complex as many of the megaliths may have been used as building material and for agricultural purposes during the course of history.

The doorway to the larger temple has largely survived in pristine condition, although the original lintel was replaced in 1937. A small limestone model of a roofed temple was famously found here and gives us insight into the original architecture of the buildings. The larger temple is of the standard trefoil structure, the eastern apse of which communicates with a corridor that leads to the smaller temple. Ceramic artefacts that were dug up at this site dates from the Għar Dalam Phase and show that humans have been active in this site since ca. 5000BC.

 

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