Photo by Sara Lieberman
Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, these two Stonehenge-like structures date back to 3600-3200 BC, but were only excavated in 1839. Both are accessed via the same visitor center, where for €10 you’ll get a ticket and a comprehensive (and highly recommended) audio guide to listen to as you wander through the small museum and neolithic temples. Despite being called such, it’s still a bit of a mystery as to what, exactly, went on within them, which makes the visit all the more Twilight Zone-y. The first building, Hagar Qim, features several megaliths weighing nearly 20 tons that make up different apses, or rooms. Further down a long, narrow road towards the sea, sits Mnajdra where a doorway and decorated blocks mark the position of the rising sun on the autumnal and vernal equinoxes, as well as the summer and winter solstices. Give yourself at least two hours to properly experience the buildings and don’t forget water. While both are now protected by hard, dome-like canvas covers, and the proximity to the sea brings the occasional breeze, it gets hot, hot, hot up in Bedrock Town.
By Sara Lieberman, AFAR Contributor
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Triq Hagar Qim, Il-Qrendi QRD 2501, Malta
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