Everyone has heard of Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat, but this destination is truly amazing and it don’t attract many visitors for one reason – it is isolated.
The stone temples located on this small island don’t attract much tourist attention. But in 5000 BC, thousands of years before the Pyramids, these temples attracted a large amount of believers. Hagar Qim (translated Standing/Worshiping Stones), is the largest complex of megalithic temples and the oldest religious site in the world.
It is situated on top of a hill on the southern coast of Malta. The complex was built with massive stone slabs, raised off the ground and forming structures similar to those at Stonehenge, (one block, 6 m high, weighs about 20 tons).
Three statuettes – the “fat ladies” – were excavated in the mid – 20th century and today they are displayed in the National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta. But, if you visit Hagar Qim you can see spirals, animals and goddesses gouged in the rocks – an impressive feat given that the authors worked with tools made of flint and obsidian.