A prominent site on the South East of Gozo, the Ġgantija temples are the oldest free standing megalithic temples in the world.
These temples were built in the Neolithic age around 3600 BCE, making the temples over 5500 years old and amongst the oldest places of worship. One of the temples has the oldest stone structure in the world, built hundreds of years prior to Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids in Egypt.
A number of figurines and statues have been found at Ġgantija, probably because it was used as a place of worship connected to a Fertility Cult. Gozo folklore believe that the temples were built by a giantess who used 20 feet megaliths to build whilst holding her child in her arms.
Ġgantija temples are in reality two temples, built side by side and enclosed within a boundary wall. The temple includes five large semicircular recessed areas covered with a hemispherical boundary wall and connected with a corridor. Built in a clover-leaf shape, the inner blocks are filled with rubble walls. A large stone block can be found in the entrance of the temples, where it was believed that rituals were held for the purification of souls before entering the temples.
The temple to date are quite well preserved where the limestone colour makes a nice contrast with the Globigerina blocks that are placed in the passages.
The Ġgantija temples are open every day from Monday to Sunday between 09.00 and 17.00 hrs. The only dates they are closed are on the 24th , 25th and 31st December, 1st January and Good Friday
Tickets cost €8 for adults and €4 for children between the ages of 6 and 11 years old. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free of change and concession tickets can be purchased at €6 per person.
There may be a separate charge for temporary or special exhibitions.