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Review of Mnajdra Temples

Mnajdra Temples
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Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Qrendi
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Owner description: OPENING HOURS: During Summer (1st April till 30th September) open Monday to Sunday from 09.00 till 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs). During winter (1st October till 31st March) open Monday to Sunday from 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs). Mnajdra Temples, holder of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, is found in an isolated position on a rugged stretch of Malta's southern coast overlooking the isle of Fifla. It is approximately 500m away from Hagar Qim Temples. It consists of three buildings facing a common oval forecourt. The first and oldest structure dates to the Ggantija phase. The second structure to be built was the South Temple, constructed in the early Tarxien phase. The Central Temple, inserted between the other two, was the last to be built. Remains to the north-east and south of these buildings indicate that these three structures are only the best preserved of a larger complex.In order to reduce the irreversible damage caused by deterioration and structural problems that the temples were facing due to their continuous exposure to the elements, these temples are nowadays sheltered. Rain, sea salt spray and dust, fluctuations in temperature and relative humidity, solar radiation, sulphur oxide and nitrous oxide pollution, and volcanic emissions, as well as biological organisms, are some of those elements from which these precious Megalithic structures necessitated long-term protection. Today the temples are experiencing a dramatic reduction in the progressive deterioration of these world heritage monuments by natural agents as a result of the installed shelters.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

The sheer age of this place is amazing. To think that it's been standing there through so much of our history, an un changing product of human invention and graft is astounding, particularly when you can walk around it, inside it and run your hands over it's walls. The dimpled decoration inside one part begs a finger pushed into the wee holes. How many other people have done the same as me over the last 5000 years?

I'd love to be there on a solstice or an equinox.

The walk down from Hagar Qim is a long and steep one if you have mobility issues but location is so beautiful it could be worth the long slow walk back.

I didn't find the cover too annoying but I can see that it has significantly changed the feel of the place.
The visitor centre is modern, informative and fun. There was a guided tour going on when we were there which sounded a bit fierce but that might just be a Maltese accent.

Visited May 2014
Thank JaneMcClements
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Viareggio, Italy
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“The work of man”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

What an incredible site! The beauty of the work of man dating from before Stonehenge! It Always fills me with awe when I visit this type of archeological site, how man has Always felt the need to build important buildings for religious purposes, something spectacular, special, without the tools of nearer times to us. Wonderful!

Visited May 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Wonderful site”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Temple of Mnajdra is down a slope from Hagar Qim and well worth the additional walk. it has been well preserved and I didn't find the cover as much of an obstacle as other reviewers. The seaside site is glorious particularly as we were there in a time of many wildflowers. Audio guide did a great job placing everything in context here and at Hagar Qim.
The walk up the hill would be more onerous in summer but was definitely worth it!

Visited April 2014
Thank Rachel Z
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Uppingham, United Kingdom
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“A ruin at a ruin!!”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Well this truly is history! I find it hard to put myself into past scenarios, but Kathy loves this kind of thing, and she declares it unmissable. It is beautifully presented, given its age, and whilst their has been some despoliation due to botched cement repairs, it is quite stunningly well-preserved. A great location too, with that lovely walk down to it via fields of wild spring flowers. Atmospheric!!

Visited April 2014
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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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“Not a lot to see”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

Its a long steep walk down to this temple, not a great deal to see and obviously a good climb back to the visitor centre. Do not be tempted to use the Nature walk 'A'. Its unmade and dangerous.

Visited April 2014
Thank Richard T
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