Special: Hagar Qim
Hagar Qim is a megalithic temple complex, which is located on Malta. The still very well conserved monument is part of the UNESCO world heritage. In this special, we’ll explain why visiting Hagar Qim is well worth it.
Malta has several cities and monuments worth exploring. For example, we very much enjoyed visiting Valletta as well as Mdina and Rabat. If you are more interested into history, you should definitely visit Hagar Qim or one of the other historic temple complexes on Malta.
Hagar Qim, part of the UNESCO World Heritage, is the most famous though.
Visting Hagar Qim on Malta
Hagar Qim is very well connected with Valletta and other cities on Malta by buses and thus can be easily reached. There is a mild entrance fee, but it not only allows you to see the monument, but also explore the area a bit.
Amazing views of the sea are guaranteed here, so I’d definitely recommend paying the entrance fee to explore the area. You’ll easily spot the main sight by the enormous protective tent, which was built in 2009 to protect the remaining parts of the monument against weather as it suffered heavily over the decades.
In the building you are paying the entrance fee, you can also explore a small museum, which gets you an idea how Hagar Qim developed over the centuries and why it once was such an important temple. You’ll find a lot of the information provided on Wikipedia as well, if you are interested.
Exploring Hagar Qim
While I would consider myself an expert for hotels and airlines, I’m definitely not when it comes to historic monuments or temples. That’s why I won’t go into much detail about “why, what and when”, but instead just inscribe what you are seeing at Hagar Qim.
At first, I thought that the sight looked a little weird due to the protective tent, but it sort-of makes it a special place. Below the protective tent, there are several different stones in different formations. If you are looking close enough, you can see where the rooms of the temple once must have been.
What’s very interesting, in my opinion, is that you can still see some holes in the wall, which were used to let sunlight into the temple in different angles. Fascinating. Honestly, it’s tough to tell what areas of the temple are important and which are not, but I found it interesting exploring the different parts of Hagar Qim anyways.
Enjoying the views and the surroundings
Hagar Qim actually consists of two different temples, which are located very close to each other. The smaller one is located closer to the water and can be reached through a steep pathway.
There’s another protective tent and relatively similiar formations. If you are lazy, you don’t have to do both, in my opinion. Yet, visiting the second one is worth for the views as the pathway goes straight through nature in a very nice area, where you can enjoy beautiful views of the ocean.
If you ask me, much of the fascinating of Hagar Qim comes from the great spot it is located at.
Overall impressions of Hagar Qim
I’m not an expert on the subject and thus don’t want to judge Hagar Qim on its historic or religious importance, but from a touristic standpoint, I found Hagar Qim to be fascinating.
While it is just “stones under a tent”, the location combined with the remaining art and formations of the temples makes it a special place. As you see: I’m struggeling describing the magic of the place, so I can just recommend that you just go and see it yourself when you happen to visit Malta!
Have you been to Malta or Hagar Qim? How did you like it?