The megalithic temples in Malta are unique in terms of their apsidal design. The earliest temples date to more than 5,000 years ago. With 'altars,' megalithic trilithon entrance ways, 'fat lady' statues and many other enigmatic features, the temples are full of mystery. Some of the best preserved ones are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Considering the small size of the islands, the number of temples is astounding and there used to be many more. 

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ĦAĠAR QIM

Ħaġar Qim is the only existing temple in Malta to have a front and back entrance. The complex consists of three temples and other structures. 

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MNAJDRA

500m away from Ħaġar Qim is Mnajdra, a complex of three temples surrounding a forecourt with a few other scattered megaliths.

TA' ĦAĠRAT

Close to Skorba, Ta' Ħaġrat consists of two temples in the village of Mġarr. The trilithon entrance remains in the oldest temple on the site. 

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SKORBA

Skorba was a complex of two temples, a trefoil one and a later four-apse-plus-niche structure.  

TAL-QADI

Little remains of this temple which is near Salina Bay. During excavations the 'sky tablet' was found here. 

BORĠ IN-NADUR

A temple followed by a Bronze Age defended village make this a confusing but impressive site.

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BUĠIBBA

In the grounds of the Dolmen Hotel are the remains of a trefoil temple. The entrance is a partial reconstruction.

ĠGANTIJA

The oldest temples in Malta consist of one five apse building and a later four-apse-plus-niche structure.

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SANTA VERNA

Little remains of this temple on the Xagħra plateau close to the Xagħra Stone Circle and Ġgantija. 

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TAS-SILĠ

A multi-period archaeological excavation site that may have had four temples in the Neolithic period.

KORDIN III

This Ġgantija phase temple has a trefoil layout with a lobed structure joined to it and faces south east. 

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BORĠ l-IMRAMMA

A ruinous site on Ta' Ċenċ Cliffs in Gozo about 500m south of the dolmens. Only a few scattered blocks remain.

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TARXIEN

There are the remains of four temples at Tarxien. A site, that was reused during the Bronze Age as a cemetery.

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ĦAL SAFLIENI

Hypogeum which was used for both burials and rituals during the time it was active.