The 5,000-year-old Hagar Qim ("HA-jar eem"), which means “standing stones” was built between 3600 B.C. and 3000 B.C. It lies about a mile away from the village of Qrendi and a half hour drive from Valletta the capital city of Malta.
A further temple lies just a short walk down the hill, known as Mnajdra temples.
The temples overlooks the sea and the island of Filfla. It is the third Megalithic temples to be built on the Maltese Islands. Although it is quite large, it is smaller than the Ggantija temples in Gozo. The temples offer a spectacular sight with the use of massive large stones. One of them is the largest single stone used in Maltese temples weighing seven tonnes.
For many centuries due to the “standing stones”, only the tall parts used to be seen as the temples were covered in centuries of dust. They rise on a rocky surface overlooking a ﬁne view of the sea and Filﬂa island.
The site was covered with earth up to 1839, and most of the standing stones bear the marks of the farmer’s plough. This means that the land used to be used for farming and that the plough of the farmer left marks on the sides of the tall high stones.
Further archaeological digs were conducted during 1885 when a number of statuettes and a four-sided limestone altar were discovered.
The ruins consist of a main building and of a number of smaller ones grouped immediately near it or at some distance from it. It is the best-preserved of several ancient limestone temples in Malta.
From an aerial view this temple is in the shape of a giant paw. At this temple there is a number of small mushroom-shaped altars carved out of stone. The original altars were taken to the Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, and replaced with imitations which are now found at Hagar Qim today.
In the temple animals were sacrificed as several bones of animals were found. These were stored inside a hole in the ground.
The admission information is common for both Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples.
Winter opening hours – 1st October till 31st March.
Monday to Saturday: 9.00 – 17.00
Last admission 16.30
Summer opening hours – 1st April to 30th September.
Monday to Saturday: 9.00 – 19.00
Last admission 18.30
Closed on 24, 25 and 31st December, 1st January and Good Friday.
Joint admission fees for both temples are as follows:
Adults (18 – 59 years): €9.00
Youths (12 – 17) & Senior citizens (60 years &- over) : €6.50
Children (6 - 11): €4.50
Infants (1 - 5): Free
Getting there: By car drive towards Zurrieq and Qrendi area main road. Follow the signs. There is ample parking available close to the temples and adjacent to the visitor’s centre.
Public Transport: Arriva bus route 201.
Eating: A restaurant is just 100 meters away from the temples.
Hop-on-Hop-Off Routes: The Red South Route for both sightseeing operators namely Malta Sightseeing & City Sightseeing Malta pass from here with a stop at the main road a munite walk to the visitors centre.
Closest Village: Zurrieq. Other villages very close by are Qrendi, Imqabba, Kirkop and Hal Safi.
Cultural Attractions: The picturesque Blue Grotto is one kilometer away from Hagar Qim temples. There is a watch tower called Wardija Tower built by Grand Master of the Order of Malta Martin De Redin, completed by June 1659. The original name was Torre della Quardia di Giorno.
Between this temple and Mnajdra Temple sites there is another watch tower known in Maltese as “Hamrija Tower” (Soil Tower) built by the knights of Malta.
Further on there is a small Location known as Ghar Lapsi. It is about a kilometre away from Blue Grotto. It is used by a few fisherman and in summer it is a popular swimming spot. There is also a restaurant here which is very famous for traditional Maltese rabbit food.
Hagar Qim Malta Temples is a must to see.