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ĠGANTIJA TEMPLES

John Otto Bayer Street, Xagħra, Gozo

Ġgantija Temples

Ġgantija Temples are one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and date from around 3600 to 3200 BC.

Due to the gigantic dimensions of the megaliths, locals believed that the temples were the work of giants. This particular temple site in Gozo bears witness to this ancient legend: its name, Ġgantija, is Maltese for giant.

The Ġgantija megalithic complex consists of two temples surrounded by a massive common boundary wall, which was built using the alternating header and stretcher technique, with some of the megaliths exceeding five metres in length and weighing over fifty tons.

Built with rough, coralline limestone blocks, each temple contains five apses connected by a central corridor leading to the innermost trefoil section.

 

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Contact Information

  • Contact: Heritage Malta
  • Phone: +356 21533194
  • Phone: +356 22954000
  • Fax: +356 21222900

Facilities & Services

  • Countryside Location

General Information

  • How to get there: Take a bus to the town of Xagħra and follow the signs.
  • Opening Days:
    • Monday
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    • Sunday
  • Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday: 0900hrs till 1700hrs. Last admission: 1630hrs. Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December. 1 January & Good Friday.
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