Over 1,000 visitors attend Open Day at Ggantija Temples Heritage Park
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Despite the bad weather last Friday afternoon, Heritage Malta still welcomed over 1,000 visitors to the newly inaugurated Ggantija Temples Heritage Park during a free open day.
Heritage Malta said that they were delighted to welcome so many local families and “would like to thank everyone for making the event such a great success.”
Visitors were able to view first-hand the Archaeological Heritage Conservation Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, Ggantija Temples Heritage Park, which now incorporates an interpretation centre focusing on Gozo’s prehistory.
There is new and exciting interpretation material on our prehistoric ancestors. The 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.
The Ggantija 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 “ggant” meaning giant.
Together with another five megalithic temples present in our islands Ggantija Temples are listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.