Tarxien Temple Complex

Price guide: Mid-range

Neolithic Temples Street, Tarxien, PLA11

Price guide: Mid-range

Tarxien Temple Complex
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#9 of 30
expert-rated things to do in Malta
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Value for money:
4.8
4.8
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Education, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Tarxien Temple Complex

This is the latest and most decorated of Malta’s remarkable prehistoric temple complexes.

Built from 5,000 years ago, The Tarxien Temples are amongst the oldest sophisticated stone buildings in the world and have World Heritage status. They are the most decorated of Malta’s remarkable Stone Age temples with carved altars, huge bowls and the largest of the ‘Fat Ladies of Malta’ - voluminous statues that were probably part of a fertility cult. These temples are now surrounded by a modern suburb but they are no less interesting because of that.

Price advice: 

Adult admission is 6 euros, children aged 12-17 and over-60s are 4.50 euros, and children aged 6-12 are 3 euros. Under-fives can go free.

Expert tips: 
The Tarxien Temples are just a few minutes walk from the extraordinary complex of underground chambers, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, where the temple people buried their dead, so combine visiting the two.
See the originals of the carvings and statues found at these temples at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.
There is virtually no information on site (a visitor centre is planned, but won't be here for a while) so if you want the background, take a guidebook.

More information on Tarxien Temple Complex:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Archaeological site, Historic site
Address:
Neolithic Temples Street, Tarxien, PLA11
Telephone:
21 695 578
Website:
http://www.heritagemalta.org
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 9am-5pm (last admission is 4.30pm).
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor
Free tags / Keywords:
prehistory, temples

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