One of the oldest temples in the world with a great museum.Älgbert Elgson
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The more than 5,500-year-old temple complex is located in Xagħra, the second largest village of Gozo. This was probably the first inhabited part of the island, because the stone circle of Xagħra, the temple of Santa Verna and the caves North Cave and Għar ta ‚Għejżu can be found nearby and are witnesses of the Ġgantija phase of the temple culture.
The name was given to the complex, or the entire epoch which is named after this temple complex, on the assumption that only giants could have built such a temple. According to legend, the complex was built in just one night by a giantess, who also held her child in her arms. If you look at the building, all the stones used and their size, it is not surprising that people used to think that normal people could never build such a thing. Due to the size of the partially over 50 -ton stones, which were used for the construction, it is now believed that this must have been much higher than the approximately six -meter-high walls that are still visible today. The upper area has been cleared away over time, but you still have a good impression of how high the building once must have been.
Next to the temple there is a well-made and informative museum. In this you can learn more about ancient Malta and especially Gozo. There are many finds on display, which brings you closer to the artistry of the people of this time.
The attraction can also be visited as a wheelchair user. The paths are all designed so that you can easily get everywhere. The museum also has enough room for a wheelchair, but the prehistoric temple complex can be quite crowded. Of course, the same applies to baby carriages.
The complex is a bit hidden and can easily be overlooked. In addition, the entrance and exit are not in the same building. Only a few car parking are available in front of the entrance. Bus parking spaces can only be found at the exit. As everywhere in Malta you can also park on the street.
Everyone who has already seen the facilities in Sardinia will not be too impressed by the Maltese in terms of size and scale. The attached museum, however, is very well structured and makes up for the size disadvantage. You also have a beautiful view of the surrounding area.
If you are interested in the prehistoric history of humanity, you should not miss this temple complex, as it can give a good insight into the life of that time.
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