Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

Mnajdra is a megalithic temple complex found on the southern coast of the Mediterranean island of Malta. Mnajdra is approximately 500 metres from the Ħaġar Qim megalithic complex. Mnajdra was built around the fourth millennium BCE; the Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as "unique architectural masterpieces." In 1992 UNESCO recognized the Mnajdra complex and four other Maltese megalithic structures as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In 2009 work was completed on a protective tent.
Mnajdra is made of coralline limestone, which is much harder than the soft globigerina limestone of Ħaġar Qim. The main structural systems used in the temples are corbelling with smaller stones, and post and lintel construction using large slabs of limestone.
The cloverleaf plan of Mnajdra appears more regular than that of Ħagar Qim, and seems reminiscent of the earlier complex at Ggantija. The prehistoric structure consists of three conjoined but not connected temples: the upper, middle and lower. The upper temple is the oldest structure in the Mnajdra complex and dates to the Ggantija phase (3600-3200 BC). It is a three-apsed building, the central apse opening blocked by a low screen wall. The pillar-stones were decorated with pitmarks drilled in horizontal rows on the inner surface.
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  • These temples are just as impressive as the Hagar Qim excavations and you’ll have access to view them of you’ve paid for tickets to the Hagar Qim Archeological sites. The walk is a little further...  more »
  • By accident I found a note at Heritage Malta homepage about a guided tour to Mnajdra Temples to see the winter solstice 21.12. at 6.30 AM (!!) It was really a great experience to see the sun rising...  more »
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  • Great example of an ancient neolithic temple which was buried underground for thousands of years.  Fabric roofing also protects the site from the elements. Good 4D video to give an inside to the history of the side, Great to visit with the Heritage Malta pass.
  • Very interesting historical site. Good visitor facilities and the huge cover over the site provides respite from the sun and makes it easier to see the ruins. As this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site you are not allowed to walk among all the ruins. However, the walkways enable easy access to the most interesting areas.
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