"For the temple complex....." Xaghra by leics

Xaghra Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 18 photos

I've just noticed that I never completed my Gozo pages, hence writing this.

Malta is full of entirely unique prehistoric sites, including those at Tarxien, Mgarr and Qrendi. But Ggantija, on Gozo, is the most impressive of them all.

It's actually two temples, created from massive stones and enclosed by a boundary wall. It is set on the cliff top. facing south-east (as do all Malta's temples) with views over the sea and the rest of the island.

All Malta's prehistoric temples date from the Neolithic period, around 5000 ago and long before metal tools were used. Little is known about them although finds of animal bones on the sites suggest animal sacrifice was part of the ritual.

If you only need one reason for visiting Gozo, Ggantija is that reason.

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  • Pros:Vast and amazing
  • Cons:Can be busy with visitors
  • In a nutshell:Unique prehistoric temple complex
  • Last visit to Xaghra: Dec 2006
  • Intro Written Jan 19, 2013
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