Triq It Tempji Neolitici, Tarxien, Malta
Tarxien Temples Reviews
3150 BC in 2016 AD? You gotta be kidding! Apr 28, 2016
By far, one of the most impressive historical sites I've had the pleasure of visiting, The Tarxien Temples are an archaeological complex in Tarxien, Malta. They date to approximately 3150 BC. The site was accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 along with the other Megalithic temples on the island of Malta.
You'd be hard pressed to find it - it's not at all how you'd imagine it to be, in a solitary piece of land. It's bang in the middle of a very quiet and residential suburb. And with somewhat fairly poor signage, I had to keep asking people for directions (even though I knew I was headed the right way).
The temples were apparently used for rituals. Most of it has been reconstructed. Don't expect sweeping views of the landscape because all of it is inside a tent for protection from inclement weather. What I also appreciated is how there are temperature and humidity sensors (in the shape of miniature towers) that monitor and communicate data wirelessly to a central HQ where appropriate action is taken (such as increasing shelter, etc.).
There is a boardwalk with explanations at various points so it's easy to 'get' the significance. What stood out for me is both the remains of the "fat ladies", as well as several murals depicting animals (which again references my earlier statement about this place being used for sacrifice).
I'd heartily suggest this place. Don't visit it from a "I'll get more Kodak moment photos" point of view (as I so often do), but more from a learning angle.
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