Heritage Malta will be opening the Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples in Mġarr at a reduced price during the annual Festa Frawli which will be held on Sunday 6th April.
Festa Frawli is a day-long event which has now become a popular stage in the Maltese calendar, marking the beginning of the strawberry season. The event, organized by the Local Council, takes place in the heart of Mgarr (at the main square and surrounding streets) where local farmers and artisans sell their produce – all of which has to do mostly with strawberries.
Ta’ Ħaġrat includes two well-preserved structures. The site was excavated between 1923 and 1926 with some other minor interventions in 1953 and in the 1960s. The larger of the two buildings dates from the earliest phases of megalithic construction – the Ġgantija phase (3600 – 3200 BC).
This structure has a monumental doorway and facade which give the site two of its most awe-inspiring and renowned characteristics. Other features include a bench, running along the facade’s length, as well as a courtyard, surrounded by a raised stone kerb. This space, accessible through the entrance corridor of the temple, provides access to three chambers through megalithic doorways. The main doorway of this structure was restored in 1937 with the replacement of the door lintel in its original position. Ceramic material from both earlier and later periods was also found within the site indicating that the site was used both before and after the construction of the Temples.
During this event Heritage Malta will be taking the opportunity to encourage locals and foreigners to visit the World Heritage Site of Ta’ Hagrat Temples, at the reduced price of EUR 2. The site will be open between 9:00am – 4:30pm and tours will be given every hour starting at 10:30am with the last tour at 3:30pm. Tours will be given in Maltese and English alternatively with the first tour being given in Maltese.