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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Tarxien Temples

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Tarxien Temples

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This temple complex was excavated by Sir Temi Zammit between 1915 and 1919; it consists of a four apsed south temple; a central temple that is unique in having a six-apse structure; and a small east temple wita a simple layout. Further east are the foundations of an earlier temple.

The trilthon facade is a 1950 reconstruction; what the original facade may have looked like is unknown. It is thought that the temples may have been roofed. Two megaliths with graffiti possibly depicting ancient Mediterranean boats have been moved to the ticketing area for protection against further weathering. Stones in the south temple are intricately decorated with spiral motifs. A colossal skirted half statue guards the entrance to the South temple. A chamber that communicates with the central temple contains reliefs showing bulls and pigs. Large balls made of stone may have assisted in moving the boulders into place.

Efforts to restore the megaliths with cement in the 1950's damaged the structures; the botched restoration attempt is still visible today.

Tarxien Temples are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.