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Temples of Tarxien

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Malta.

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Predating the pyramids at Giza the temples at Tarxien are thought to be the oldest stone structures on earth. The Neolithic buildings are part of one of the most prominent megalithic sites excavated to date and are considered by many to be the cathedral of megalithic culture in Europe. Built between 3300 and 3000BC, the stone temples are elaborate in both their architecture and masonry, incorporating the Maltese spiral and dot motif, and are thought to demonstrate the final phase in the evolution of temple construction.

The four buildings at the Tarxien site were built during different periods and have yielded much in the way of decorative art as well as the discovery of several items linked to the practice of certain rituals.

The site is thought to have been used as a place of worship by Copper Age Man and then by Bronze Age man 1000 years later as a burial place.

The temple's remains were found in 1914.

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