South Malta History

Tarxien Temples

Tarxien Temples Tarxien is a complex of three temples, the oldest of which, the East Temple, is 6,000 years old; it includes a tiny hole through which the oracle may have spoken. The South Temple contains a stone basin and altar. The Central Temple is the largest and most recent.

Many of the finds from this sit are on view at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.

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Buses: 81, 82 from Valletta

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Hypogeum The Hypogeum is an astonishing underground temple that is unique in Europe. It is built on three levels, with the top level dated around 3000 BC down to the botton level at 2500 BC.

It can only be visited through a guided tour and, as each tour is limited to 10 visitors, it is essential to book in advance.

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Buses: 1, 2, 3, 81, 82, 91 from Valletta to Paola

Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples These two temple sites, on a spectacular site overlooking the Mediterranean, are over 1,000 years older than the Great Pyramids and are thought to relate to a fertility-worshipping religion. Various artefacts, including the 'fat lady' are on display at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.

The temples are now served by a modern visitors' centre with a cinema that explains the origin of these temples.

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Bus: 201 from Rabat, Airport

Ghar Dalam Cave

Ghar Dalam Cave The Ghar Dalam site, near Birzebbuga, consists of a cliff cave and museum. It was inhabited by some of the first stone age humans on Malta in around 4000 BC. Before that, from about a quarter of a million years ago, it was home to an astonishing variety of dwarf elephants, hippopotami and other animals, the skeletons of some of which can be seen in the museum.

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Bus: 82 from Valletta, Birzebbuga