(c) October 2013 Oliver Bonten
Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra
|Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra
Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra are two of the most famous megalithic temples on Malta. They are situated near Qrendi on the Southern coast of Malta, and each actually consists of several temples. The buildings are called temples, and it's quite obvious that some kind of rituals have been performed there, but there is no clear indication whether they were only used as temples or had other functions as well. Most megalithic temples on Malta follow a general maple leaf design with five chambers going off from a central aisle – two right, two left and one at the end – but there are older temples with only three chambers, younger ones with seven, and in Ħaġar Qim, there is one case where a new maple-leaf was branched off from one of the chambers in one of the older temples. Both Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra are covered by tent-like structures, to protect the stones and the researchers from the elements. This makes the lighting a bit unfortunate for photography. Mnajdra holds a structure that is depicted on current Maltese copper coins
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