The temple of Hagar Qim (c. 3600 – 3200 BC) stands on a hilltop overlooking the sea and the islet of Filfla. The temple itself consists of a single temple unit, although it is not clear if it was originally constructed as a four or five-apse structure.
Other temple ruins stand a few metres away from the main temple and the forecourt and facade follow the pattern typical of temples across the Islands. Particularly noteworthy are the larger orthostats at the corners, which are notched to take the second of the horizontal courses above.
Various items of interest have been unearthed at Hagar Qim, notably a decorated pillar altar, two table-altars and some of the ‘fat lady’ statues on display in the National Museum of Archaeology.
© Tony Blood – Entrance to Ħagar Qim Temples. Qrendi, Malta, 20 August 2014
© Tony Blood – Table Alter, Ħagar Qim Temples. Qrendi, Malta, 20 August 2014
© Tony Blood – Ħagar Qim Temples. Qrendi, Malta, 20 August 2014