Hagar Qim y Mnajdra
Hagar Qim y Mnajdra Qrendi Reviews
Magnificent building and views Dec 03, 2011
One of the main sites that I looked forward to see on Malta was the temple of Hagar Qim, which was constructed sometime between c. 3600 - 3200 BC and stands on a hilltop overlooking the sea and the islet of Filfla. I didn’t know much about it before I entered the plane taking me to Malta but the 3 ½ h flying time gave me good time to prioritize my time on the Island and Hagar Qim quickly caught my interest.
The temple itself consists of a single temple unit, although it is not clear if it was originally constructed as a four or five-apse structure. I was pretty sad to see that there was a tent over the construction but understanding why made me accept it. I was quite lucky being there when there were hardly any other at the site, which gave me good opportunities to enjoy the site and the amazing work done 1000s of years ago.
The Hagar Qim was excavated at the beginning of the nineteenth century and has produced many 'fat figure' statuettes including the naturalistic 'Venus of Malta'. On the outer side of the north flank of Hagar Qim an open-air shrine has been inserted into the wall, whose facade combines the suggestive symbols of the male and female generative organs. There is also the unique four-sided altar.
At the Mnajdra temple complex, which is situated 1000 meters away, ‘corbelling’ is also demonstrated. There also appears to be astrological alignment – with equinoxal sunrises.
I really enjoyed the places and also the magnificent views along the coastal line. In hot summer days you should remember to bring water for the walk between Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temple and the other sites.
Part of the Visit to Malta & Cyprus 2011 travel blog
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The oldest free standing buildings in the world Feb 03, 2011
Hagar Qim is the site of the oldest freestanding buildings in the world (that have been found to date).
There are two groups of prehistoric buildings on this site, a modern visitors center and a restaurant. The visitors center shows a movie about the history of Hagar Qim, other sites on Malta and the people that may have built them. The rest of the visitors center seems to be intended for kids, as it is very interactive (press buttons, open doors, etc). Still, it is interesting.
The sites themselves are about 200-300m apart. I can't really describe the sights without copying wikipedia, so I'll just kindly suggest you look at the pictures instead and decide if it's worth your time.
If you care anything about archeology at all, I'd say YES, this is a MUST. If you couldn't care less about a pile of stones, then please skip it.
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May 19, 2006
El templo de Hagar Qim fue construido en la edad del cobre, sobre el
2700 a.C. El tipo de piedra utilizado es una caliza bastante blanda, la
globigerina, y relativamente facil de trabajar, y por eso se ven mesas,
puertas, bancos y altares con columnas. Tambien se han encontrado otros
elementos, pero no es seguro que sean originales de la primera epoca.
El templo de Mnajdra fue construido en una piedra mas dura que la
caliza globigerina, la caliza coralina, que es mas resistente pero
permite menos trabajos. El templo consiste en una serie de habitaciones
comunicadas, en cuyo interior el sacerdote se ocultaba y pronunciaba
las palabras mágicas, con efectos curativos, esto deducido por haberse
encontrado por el lugar diversas partes del cuerpo humano enfermas
reproducidas en barro cocido.
Part of the Malta 2006 travel blog
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