Set in the heart of Mġarr, a village in Northwest Malta, and smaller than most other sites of a similar nature, Ta’ Ħaġrat is home to two well-preserved structures. The site was excavated between 1923 and 1926 with some other minor interventions in 1953 and in the 1960s. The larger of the two buildings dates from the earliest phases of megalithic construction – the Ġgantija phase (3600 – 3200 BC).
Reasons to Visit
- A Maltese Prehistoric Temple site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- One of the oldest free-standing monuments of such scale and complexity in the world.
- Its monumental and awe-inspiring facade, including the unique stepped doorway leading into the Temple, allows one to appreciate better the genius of Maltese megalithic construction in a time when it was limited to stone, bone and wooden tools.
- The only Temple site, which is built entirely of local Upper Coralline Limestone.
- Its location offers not only a magnificent view of rural Maltese environment, but puts the visitor into the same landscape setting that surrounded the prehistoric temple builders.