Tarxien Temples (It-Tempji ta' Hal Tarxien) Tours
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Tarxien Temples (It-Tempji ta' Hal Tarxien) are the largest of the major overground megalithic temple sites open to visitors on Malta, which combined, form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just south of Valletta, the four interconnecting temples were built between 3,600 BC and 2,500 BC in honor of a mother-goddess of fertility. Today they are oxymoronically surrounded by modern housing but remain of importance thanks to their iconic spiral decorations and the central temple which comprises six apses.
The ancient temples are covered with carvings of domestic animals and evidence of animal sacrifice has been found here, including blades and bones. Some of the altars are still intact but many of the artifacts remaining such as the pottery bowls and urns are replica, as is the curious 'Fat Lady' statue, appearing to consist of a skirt and two dumpy legs. The originals are now ensconced in the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta for preservation. The spherical stones found in abundance at the site appear to suggest that the cornerstones of the temples were moved here on primitive rollers.
The Tarxien Temples (It-Tempji ta' Hal Tarxien) are on bus routes 81 and 82 from Valletta bus station. If hiring a car, follow the signs to Paola and Tarxien; it is a 15-minute drive and there is plenty of parking near the site. The Paola Hypogeum, another great Maltese ancient site, is only a 10-minute walk away.
The Heritage Malta Multisite Pass covers entry to Tarxien. Take sun cream, water, and a hat if visiting in summer.
Address: Tarxien Temples, Tarxien, Malta
Hours: Open daily from 9am to 5pm
Admission: €6 (USD$8) for adults, €4.50 (USD$6) for youth and seniors, €3 (USD$4) for children
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Three Cities & Tarxien Temples. It is said of Malta that it has more history per square kilometres than any place in the world. Well the Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua can claim the same per square metre. Nearby is the UNESCO World Heritage Listed site of the Tarxien Temples, which is one of the many megalithic temples of Malta. Older than the Pyramids in Egypt, the Tarxien Temples date back to 3100 BC and consist of three separate but connected temples which are the most intricately decorated of any of the megalithic temples of Malta. Where we'll go: - Tarxien Temples - Drive through the city of Cospicua - Vittoriosa walk around - Senglea promenade Price Includes: - Professional English Tour Guide - 2hrs onsite guided tour - Average number of 20 participants (Nov-May) & 30 participants (Jun-Oct) - Private transport with pick-up & drop-off (The pick-up service and drop-off service is approximately one hour each) - Tarxien Temples entry ticket
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Tarxien Temples (It-Tempji ta' Hal Tarxien) hours of operation: Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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