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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - The Temple of Skorba

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The Temple of Skorba

 St. Anne Square, Żebbiegħ,Mġarr MGR 2210,Tel: +356 21 580 590, 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.

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

 

Regular adult ticket (18-59 years): €3.50
Subsidised Ticket: Ages12-17 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

 

 

Mġarr Multisite Ticket (combined admission to Ta' Ħaġrat and Skorba Temples)

 

Adults (18 - 59 years): €6.00
Youth (12 - 17 years), Senior Citizens (60 years and over), ISIC Card Holders, EURO<26 Card Holders, ICOM Card Holders, University of Malta and MCAST Students: €5.00
Children (6 -11 years): €4.50
Infants (1 -5 years): Free

 

 

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These two sister complexes were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1992. Due to the fragility of these locations, no more than fifteen visitors are admitted at any one time, and daily visits are limited to forty five in a day.

There is more than meets the eye to Skorba, an unpretentious, unspectacular site that at first glance is little more than a formless heap of rock. Nothing may be further from the truth. These ancient temples were built on the site of much older constructions – remnants of village shacks from the early neolithic Għar Dalam phase are to found here; carbon dating has attributed a wall spanning eleven metres to the south west of the temple to the fifth Millennium BC.

A megalith came to the attention of Temi Zammit in 1914 but it was not until 1937 that Captain CG Zammit first investigated the site by excavating an exploratory trench. Further investigations were carried out by Trump in 1961 to 1963. The complex consists of two temples, side by side. The southern temple is based on the trefoil plan and is believed to have been constructed in the Ġgantija Phase (3600-3200BC) . Whilst the façade is not discernible and very little of the two side apses remains, the central apse is much more complete. The Northern temple is less organised and maybe somewhat difficult to make out. It dates from the Tarxien Phase (3150-2500BC) .

Pottery found here redefined the Skorba Phase into the Grey Skorba and the Red Skorba Periods. Obsidian, a mineral that does not occur naturally in Malta was dug up at this site and must have been transported from the islands of Lipari and Pantalleria as long ago as 4500BC.