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- Triq Hagar Qim, Il-Qrendi QRD 2501, Malta
- Working hours*:
Winter opening hours – November to May
Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00
Last admission: 16:30
Summer opening hours – June to October
Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00
Last admission: 17:30
Closed on 24, 25 and 31st December, 1st January and Good Friday
The tickets are for Hagar Qim, Mnajdra Temples and visitor centre.
Adults (18 – 59 years): €10.00
*Youths (12 – 17), *Senior citizens (60 years &- over), *Concessions and *Students: €7.50
Children (6 - 11): €5.50
Infants (1 - 5): Free
- * - opening and closing times as well as entrance prices, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.
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How To Get Here
To get to Hagar Qim you will need to drive past Zurrieq and Qrendi. There are signs to help you get around. There is a car park available for parking.
Where are Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temples located?
They are located around 1.5 Km away from the famous Blue Grotto. They are very close to Qrendi village.
How do I get from Hagar Qim to Mnajdra?
The map below, gives you an indications of how far both temples are. You have an approximate 10 minute walk. To get from one temple to another you will need to walk down a long passage way. There are buggies that can take you up or down the passage way at a fee.
Malta Public Transport
There is a bus stop just outside the premises. There are two bus routes that pass from near Hagar Qim and Mnajdra. You will need to stop on 'Hagar' bus stop.
The bus numbers are as follows:
To 'Hagar' Bus Stop (Direction to Valletta/Rabat): Direct routes 74, 201.
To 'Hagar' Bus Stop (Direction to Zurrieq/Airport): Direct routes 74, 201.
To/From Valletta: Direct Routes 74.
Hop-On Hop-Off Routes
The Red South Route pass from here with a stop at the main road a minute walk to the temples.
There are two tours available:
Malta Prehistoric Temple Tour (Half Day) - The temples you visit are Ghar Dalam and Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples.
Malta Prehistoric Temple Tour (Full Day) - This tour visits Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, Ghar Dalam Caves, Limestone Heritage, Marsaxlokk Fishing Village and Blue Grotto.
Receive a 5% discount if you book from the above links. Just enter 'maltainfoguide' in the coupon box.
A Brief Of Hagar Qim Temples
The 5,000-year-old Hagar Qim ("HA-jar eem"), which means “standing stones” was built between 3600 - 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 Hagar Qim structure covered in a tent.
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.