"Eszter's Tarxien Page" Tarxien Prehistoric Temples by Eszter

This complex was the richest repository of prehistoric art on the islands, untouched for thousands of years until Sir Themistocles Zammit started his excavations in 1915.

The site comprises three main temples, with a fourth in ruins. The age of the temples is a matter of some controversy, though it is generally believed that they were built between 3500 and 2500 BC.

This complex is the largest and most recent of the Copper Age temples in Malta. It is also the most elaborately embellished. No metal tools were used and the ornamentation, in the form of spiral reliefs and carved animals (sheep or goats), suggests a sophisticated community of temple builders and carvers.

  • Last visit to Tarxien Prehistoric Temples: Aug 2003
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