Ta Hagrat – ancient temple

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We drive from the old Skorba Temple to the nearby village of Mgarr where there is another temple and we already got the ticket which cover admission for both temples. We get to the temple which is down a little street. But surprisingly there is no parking spot available in the small street so we have to drive back. There are an amazing number of cars for this little village so we have to drive a bit down the road until we reach the main church of the village. Fortunately there is an almost legal parking spot just for us in front of the church and then we can walk to the temple – fortunately it is still a short walk.

The central temple of Ta Hagrat

Like the Skorba temple this temple is also ancient. It predates the Giza pyramids by about a millennium. The megalith stone structures here were probably quite impressive back when they were constructed by the ancient people. Considering what other construction were around in 5½ thousand years ago – the temple must have been impressive. Like other megalith constructions from a little later era the temple might have been used for some sort of solar worship. The entrance to the temple was built so the sun would hit the end of the temple wall at the solstice.

This temple is slightly bigger than the Skorba temple and there is a huge crowd of people visiting this place when we are there. I manage to count no less than for Canadian who are visiting around Malta and have made it out to this temple. Apparently they do want to go to the Skorba temple as well – and they don’t have a car so they will walk. This should be a viable option given the distance between the two temples are only about a kilometer.

The main church of Mgarr

The temple is a nice little place to go and visit to imagine what was going on at the ancient times around here. The temple is so small you won’t be spending a huge amount of time visiting the place – quite possibly you will spend more time tracking down the location if you come by bus and have to walk the short distance from the church to the temple.

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