The Ggantija prehistoric temples are located in Xaghra Gozo shares a common history with those of Malta. These temples were the first Maltese prehistoric structures to be placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
These Temples are one of the most important archaeological heritage and the most preserved sites in the Maltese Islands. They consists of two temples surrounded by a massive common boundary wall.
Ggantija, meaning huge in Maltese, takes its name from the sheer size of the upper coraline limestone used to construct the outer perimeter of the complex over 5000 years ago.
Each temple contains five roughly circular apses round a central axis with five apses connected by a central corridor leading to the innermost section. The first temple is larger and contains a variety of features such as altars, carvings and holes. The second temple was built later.
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The ground is paved with large slabs of stone, but today the ground is covered with wooden platforms for preservation. Amongst the shrines and niches, there are a number of altars. This shows that this place must have been used for religious ceremonies. Again the megaliths are very similar to the ones in Malta and it is highly likely people of the same culture built it.
Monday to Sunday: 9.00 – 17.00
Last admission 16.30
Closed on 24, 25 and 31st December, 1 st January and Good Friday.
Joint admission fees to Ggantija Temples and Ta’ kola Windmill are as follows:
Adults: (18 - 59 years of age) - €5.00
Children: (6 - 11 years of age) - €2.50
Youth: (inc. aged 12 - 17) - €3.50
Seniors: (60 years and over) - €3.50
Card Holders: ISIC, EURO<26, ICOM, UoM - €3.50
Getting there: Drive towards Xaghra, follow the signs. Go uphill towards the village and close by there is parking on the right side. The temples are very close by.
Public Transport: Arriva bus – Route 307 from Victoria Gozo. Route 322 from Mgarr Gozo.
Eating: There are various restaurants in the centre of Xaghra well known for their quality food.
Hop-on hop-off Routes: For both tour operators namely Malta Sightseeing & City Sightseeing Malta pass from here with a stop close to the temples.
Surrounding Villages: Victoria and Xewkija.
In Xaghra there is the Ta’ kola Windmill with a museum within the windmill.
Museum of Toys, Calypso Cave, churches, temples other than Ggantija.
Ggantija prehistoric temples are one of the main attractions you can visit while in Gozo.