The site of Ġgantija Temples
The Ġgantija Temples in Xagħra, Gozo, are one of the most important archaeological sites on the Maltese Islands, listed as UNESCO World Heritage since 1980. The site consists of two temples dating back to 3600 - 3200 B.C.
Ġgantija derives from the word ġgant, the Maltese word for giant. The monument survives in a considerably good state of preservation, with a boundary wall which encloses the two temples, built in rough coralline limestone blocks. Some of the megaliths exceed five meters in length and weigh over fifty tons. Remains of animal bones, use of fire, and a number of libation holes, hint at the kind of rituals and offerings that might have been performed, also involving animal sacrifices.
The Interpretation Centre exhibits a selection of the most significant finds discovered at various prehistoric sites in Gozo.