MALTA 24. Ggantija Temple Complex, Island of Gozo

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Ġgantija (In Maltese it means "Giants' Tower") is a megalithic temple complex from the Neolithic on the Mediterranean island of Gozo. The Ġgantija temples are the earliest of the Megalithic Temples of Malta. The Ġgantija temples are older than the pyramids of Egypt. Their makers erected the two Ġgantija temples during the Neolithic (c. 3600–2500 BCE), which makes these temples more than 5500 years old and the world's second oldest existing manmade religious structures after Göbekli Tepe.

Together with other similar structures, these have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Megalithic Temples of Malta. The temples are elements of a ceremonial site in a fertility rite. Researchers have the numerous figurines and statues found on site associated with that cult. According to local Gozitan folklore, a giantess who ate nothing but broad beans and honey bore a child from a man of the common people. With the child hanging from her shoulder, she built these temples and used them as places of worship.

Exhibits in the Ggantija Temple Complex, Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the female fertility figurines found at Ggantija Temple Complex, Gozo.

 

 

Other strange carved figures found at Ggantija Temple Complex, Gozo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animalcarvings on stones from Ggantija Temple Complex, Gozo

 

 

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A general view of Ggantija Temple Complex, Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some of the 'sanctuary' architecture of Ggantija Temple Complex, Gozo. Are they altar tables of some sort?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holes are carved in some of the huge megaliths of Ggantija Temple Complex, Gozo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stones of Ggantija Temple Complex, Gozo are so eroded over a period of ~5000 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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