Ħaġar Qim (Maltese pronunciation: [ħadʒar ˈʔiːm]; "Standing/Worshipping Stones") is a megalithic temple complex found on the Mediterranean island of Malta, dating from the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200 BC). The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as "unique architectural masterpieces." In 1992 UNESCO recognized Ħaġar Qim and four other Maltese megalithic structures as World Heritage Sites. V. Gordon Childe, Professor of Prehistoric European Archeology and director of the Institute of Archaeology in the University of London from 1946-1957 visited Ħaġar Qim. He wrote, "I have been visiting the prehistoric ruins all round the Mediterranean, from Mesopotamia to Egypt, Greece and Switzerland, but I have nowhere seen a place as old as this one."
Ħaġar Qim's builders used globigerina limestone in the temple's construction. As a result of this, the temple has suffered from severe weathering and surface flaking over the millennia. In 2009 work was completed on a protective tent.
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Jeroenymus .JMVP | Feb 21, 2018
Amazing structures. If you love ancient history, you got to see this. How on earth did they build these temples. With no technology at all. Only tools of stones or woods. Scientist go easily around the fact that it is impossible to cut stone with tools of the same hardness and material as the stone itself. You need material that is harder to cut softer materials the way like they did. But the same scientist also state that there wasn't any harder material at the time, because the structures were build in the neolithic time area around 3600 BC. Even today with all the technology at our disposal we find difficulties to build structures on spots like these. Archipelago Maltais, it was build by our ancestors with the help of extraterrestrials!
Vincenzo Reale | Dec 28, 2017
By a suggestive series of stiff cliffs here stand some ancient temples constructed with huge stone blocks. It's definitely a place worth a visit. Be sure you visit the surroundings as well. There is an old watchtower and in the distance you can spot a small island which Bitish were using to fire at in naval exercises and hosts some unique species such as two tailed lizards.
K Emm | Jan 23, 2018
One ticket to enter two sites ( also Mnajdra) and there is a very small museum as well. Fascinating place as some of the stones to build the temples are massive. They also show you how the ancient temple builders moved the stones and there are evidence scattered around the sites of the round boulders used to move these large slabs. Very beautiful.
Rohan Deogaonkar | Mar 4, 2018
If you like looking at prehistoric rocks then you will like this. If not, you will pay 10 euro to watch a lame movie & walk around aimlessly.
Malta Tour Guide | Feb 28, 2018
Amazing archaeological site .Very impressive , spetacular and beautiful .There is a small cinema where you can see a short film about the temples .Only about 500 meters away , there is another impressive temple, that of Mnajdra .Both temples are worth visiting while in Malta ☺
Fizza M | Mar 12, 2018
Ruins of an ancient temple. The small museum and documentary forehand gives Info about the construction of the temples, their fall into oblivion and the restoration efforts over the last centuries. There is a small hike (~1 km) down to the temple sites. Small shuttle rides are offered for the journey to those who need it. The view out to the sea is also great.
Wells Turnage | Mar 28, 2018
Entry cost $5eu starts with a 10 minute 4d movie that is stupid but informative and the walk to the 2 ancient sites which are spooky cool like seeing the pyramids. If bad knees, ask for the $1 electric cab ride which will take you all the way there and back. Signs are in English, radio earbuds available in many other languages for small additional cost. Free publ8c bathrooms.
Stella Paris | Apr 30, 2018
This place is pure beautiful energy. Contrary to what some people think, temples like this one were built by people who were very intelligent and very spiritual. The Fat Lady represents abundance and prosperity. As well as that it honours the female form, Gaia and nature. The temple is built in accordance to the sun and the moon. According to esoteric beliefs, the big stones were put in place with sound energy by Druid-like people. I personally like to visit in Spring and Summer equinoxes. Please be respectful when you are in the temple area, as you would be in a church.
Beatrix Farkas | May 18, 2018
It's a great place to go visit if you are fan of ancient history. Its a must see if you come to Malta. The ruins are located in nice and quiet place. They are also quite beautiful. However, I would not recommend going this location on hot summer day. Museum buildinh it self does not have air conditioning just fans. Walking from one ruin from to the other can be exhuasting in the heat. The museum gives a great overview of the history of how the ruins came about. I highly recommend to visit!
Paul Wilkinson | Apr 9, 2018
Amazing history! Preserved and presented in a way that helps you see what they would be like ... The visitors centre has seen better days, but gives you a sense of the site but the 4d film wasn't really worth the effort. Well worth visiting the cafe that is on the site, it's set back up the steps at the back and not connected to the site are all...but good food and pleasant environment.
Jonathan Bee | Apr 18, 2018
Amazing history - some of the oldest ruins in the world and it's great that you can walk through them and get up really close - unlike other sites I've visited. Also amazing views of the coastline. My favourite tourist attraction in Malta.
Ahmad Barotchi | Jun 17, 2018
Brilliant temple remains, dramatic location with nice views, informative displays that aren't over the top and give the right amount of info. The temples are also sheltered from the sun by the massive tent structure above to protect the remains, so unlike many other ancient ruins I've been to there's less chance of sunburn/sunstroke. Cheesy "4d" video at the visitor centre was a bit of silly fun. Very enjoyable visit. You do get the occasional convoy of tour groups crowding out the remains though.
Ola Teper | Jun 17, 2018
Must see! The ruins are well preserved and tou can walk around and inside of both temples. The museum and the film is basic but still interesting. The tent over both temples not only protects them from decay but also provides shade during hot day. The place is so mesmerising and the location is so dramatic and different to more urban temples. Highlight of our trip
Pam Pam | Jun 8, 2018
There has been little or no authentic research done on these temples. The site has been protected with canopies, heavily restored. The biggest disappointment was the signage , a few signs stated we were looking at rocks that were a certain shape (obvious) they 'may be doors', they 'might be holes'. Basically it all seemed to be guess work and stating the obvious. Also there seemed to be an audio tour that was not available to us English speakers. It took a long time to get there and we were very dissapointed. I am having to google the Hagar Qim now for some decent information.
John Alderney | Jul 11, 2018
Very interesting historic site. 4K video experience is good to give information on the temples. First temple is 100m walk away and the second is 600m. The further temple offers a buggy cart service to take you back to the closer temple for 1 Euro/ person. Probably worth it if your unfit and can’t handle incline in the heat! Both temples are historically interesting and audio guide provides in depth information.
Andy Meears | Jun 24, 2018
Interesting historical place to visit. Lots to see and read. Or tag onto a guide to get a tour for free! There is a bit of a long walk to reach some parts but we'll worth it. There is a golf buggy to take you back if the uphill climb is too much for you in the heat of the day. The restaurant at the back is well worth a visit for refreshments or lunch.
JSC882 SC | Jun 22, 2018
Amazing structures. A historical place not to be missed dated back around 3600 B.C. This marvellous place was built by hand with very Large rocks vertically stacked, one wonders how a feat like this was done. A tent was set up to protect this Stone structure from Sun and wind drastically reduces the deteriorating time of this place. A Highly recommended place to visit if you like History.
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