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Malta – Northern Region – Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples

This is another UNESCO World Heritage site, dating back to around 3,600BC. As with the Skorba Temples and Ġgantija, it’s genuinely difficult to grasp just how long these sites have been here. For these sites to be nearly 4,000 years old when the Romans were building Hadrian’s Wall is not insubstantial.

It’s a relatively compact site, although there’s much more still standing than at the nearby Skorba Temples. As with other similar sites on Malta, there was a village here before the temple elements were added.

Certainly not a bad location and it’s possible to see the sea from the temple complex. The site itself has been badly damaged by being repurposed for farming use over the centuries, although the first archaeological dig didn’t take place until the 1920s.

A heap of stones at the rear of the temple site.

The site hasn’t been particularly mauled about by archaeologists in an attempt to restore it, although this stone doorway has been recreated with what I understand are the original stones.

Like Skorba, there aren’t any facilities at the site, but there is better signage at this location which gives an understanding of the history of the temples. A visit isn’t going to last particularly long given the relative small scale of the site, but it’s the importance of the history which makes this worth seeing.