Prehistoric temples guided tour
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About this experience
Our exclusive Malta Temples Tour is a MUST-DO for anyone who loves history and ancient times because this wonderful island has much to say on this topic!
Malta and the nearby island of Gozo are home to seven megalithic temples, all of which are protected as world heritage sites by UNESCO.
These megalithic temples date back over 5000 years ago and are the oldest free-standing stone constructions in the world, even older than the better known Stonehenge stones and the Pyramids.
On the island, we will also find more than thirty other temples, all of which show Malta’s immense cultural heritage.
Our first stop will be at Ghar Dalam. Għar Dalam’s importance as a prehistoric site was discovered in the second half of the 19th Century with a set of excavations uncovering animal bones as well as human remains and artifacts. For this reason, the Cave is a highly relevant site for different fields of study, like paleontology, archaeology, and ecology. The history of the cave and of the whole island as well can be learned from Għar Dalam’s stratigraphy.
The lowermost layers, more than 500,000 years old, held the fossil bones of dwarf elephants, hippopotami, micro-mammals and birds among other species.
This layer is topped by a pebble layer, and on top of it, there is the so-called ‘deer’ layer, dated to around 18,000 years ago.
The top layer, or ‘cultural layer’, dates less than 10,000 years and we call it "cultural" because it is the evidence of the first humans on the Island.
It was here that the earliest sign of human settlement on Malta, some 7,400 years ago, was discovered. The site consists of a cave, a Victorian style exhibition, and a didactic presentation as well as a garden planted with indigenous plants and trees.
Then we are going to visit Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples. The megalithic complex of Hagar Qim is placed atop a hill on the southern edge of the Island, on a hogback, capped in soft globigerina limestone. All exposed rock on the island was deposited during the Oligocene and Miocene periods. About 500 meters from Hagar Qim stands the Mnajdra megalithic temple.
The neighboring area is typical of Mediterranean garrigue in its starkness and isolation; it is characterized as a Heritage Park.
A few hundred meters from the temple we will find of the thirteen watchtowers built by Grand Master Martin de Redin, called Hamrija Tower. After the end of the tour, we will drive you back to your hotel.
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Please be aware that some walking is included during this tour, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
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-Half Day Tour to Ghar Dalam, Hagar Qim & Mnajdra
-Ghar Dalam Ticket
-Hagar Qim Ticket
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