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Ggantija Temples

The Ġgantija temples located on the island of Gozo are the earliest of the Megalithic Temples of Malta. These temples are older than the pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge. The temples at Ġgantija were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.

The temples have a large terrace at the front most probably used for ceremonial gatherings as  remains of animal bones have been found here suggesting some sort of ritual involving animal sacrifice. The use of fire is evident by the presence of stone hearths. Also a number of libation holes in the floor have been found which may have been used for the pouring of liquid offerings.

Entrance to the Ġgantija Temples is from the Interpretation Centre which provides visitors the opportunity to explore various aspects related Neolithic life. The Centre is linked to the temple via a pathway that provides visitors with unique views of the natural landscape that surrounds Ġgantija. At the centre you will also find a selection of the most significant finds discovered at various prehistoric sites around Gozo.

Maltese folklore tells of great giants having built these temples, which led to the name Ġgantija, meaning 'Giants’ tower'.

 

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