As part of the European Heritage Days, which this year will carry the theme “Heritage Built in Stone”, Heritage Malta will be holding an Open Day of the newly inaugurated Ġgantija Temples Heritage Park on Friday 1st November.
The Ġgantija Temples consist of two megalithic temples surrounded by a massive common boundary wall and dating to between 3600 BC and 3200 BC. One of the most striking features of the entire complex, the boundary wall, is built using the header and stretcher technique, with the megaliths alternating face out and edge out to provide structural stability. The name of the complex is derived from the Maltese word “ġgant” meaning giant.
Together with another five megalithic temples present in our islands Ġgantija Temples are listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Following the inauguration of the Archaeological Heritage Conservation Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, Ġgantija Temples Heritage Park now incorporates an interpretation centre focusing on Gozo’s prehistory. Visitors can enjoy new and exciting interpretation material on our prehistoric ancestors. The brand new interpretation centre provides an educational yet entertaining experience to all its visitors, taking them back in time by means of the new pathway which leads from the interpretation centre to the temples themselves. All this will be possible free of charge during the Open Day on the 1st of November between 9am and 5pm (last admission at 4:30pm).
This is the latest of initiatives that Heritage Malta has accustomed the Maltese and foreign visitors to in its commitment to make our cultural heritage accessible to all. For more information about this and other similar initiatives one can visit the official Heritage Malta website www.heritagemalta.org or follow the agency’s pages on Facebook.