Visiting the Ta` Ħaġrat Temples at Mġarr (Malta)

Visiting the Ta` Ħaġrat Temples at Mġarr (Malta)
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Ta` Ħaġrat is a UNESCO World Heritage site located just one kilometer from the Ta` Skorba temples. It lies on the eastern side of Mġarr, surrounded by fields.

With characteristics very similar to those in the Ta` Skorba complex, Ta` Ħaġrat is small yet very interesting. Part of it was probably constructed in the same period as Ta` Skorba, making it older than many other temples on the island.

More info about similar sites in Malta: Uncovering Malta’s Megalithic Temples (including map)

The Ta' Ħaġrat Temples on the outskirts of Mġarr.

It was originally excavated between 1923 and 1926 by Sir Temi Zammit, with further studies, excavations and reconstruction works carried out in the following years.

During the excavation, archaeologists found a number of pottery and ceramic items that led to the belief that a prehistoric village older than the temples stood on the same site. These remains are over 5,600 years old.

Structure

The complex contains two adjacent temples built with lower coralline limestone blocks. Unlike other popular temples in Malta, one of the Ta` Ħaġrat temples has only three chambers, while the other smaller structure is built on a 4-apse plan.

Why you should visit Ta’ Ħaġrat

Although Ta’ Ħaġrat is a very small site compared to other temples in Malta and Gozo, it still offers interesting insights into Neolithic temple building:

  • The doorway and facade are very particular and impressive, with a unique stepped doorway leading into the temple and a low stone bench running along the facade’s length.
  • A Neolithic village predating the temples is thought to have been located around the site.
  • The location of the temples offers magnificent countryside views of rural Malta.

How to get there

To get to Ta’ Ħaġrat temples, take bus number 44 from Valletta. The trip takes 1 hour 30 minutes. If using your own car, drive towards the village of Mġarr. The site is located on the eastern outskirts of the village, at the end of a side street leading off the main road.

Visiting hours

Ta’ Ħaġrat us open for visits on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, between 09.00 and 16.30hrs. You can still request a visit on other days but you would have to pay an extra administration fee. Ideally, you should combine the visit to Ta’ Ħaġrat with Skorba temples which are only about 1 km away.

The site is closed on 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January & Good Friday

Due to the small size and fragility of these sites, only 15 visitors may be admitted at a time.

Contact details

St. Peter Street, Mġarr
Tel: +356 21 586 264

Entrance fees

  • Adults (18 – 59 years): €3.50
  • Youths (12 – 17 years), Senior Citizens (60 years & over), and Students: €3.00
  • Children (6 – 11 years): €2.50
  • Infants (1 – 5 years): Free

Tickets are not available on site but can be purchased either online or from any Heritage museum / site. You can also grab tickets from the Mġarr Local Council.

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