Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

Ruin · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
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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  • Please see review of Hagar Qim temple as Mnajdra temple is part of same entrance fee and is a 500m walk away.  more »
  • 10 euros along with Hagar Qim and Visitor Center- located down the hill from Hagar Qim nice walk to the edge of Malta. No tripods allowed- similar to Hagar Qim yet layout is different. Different...  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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