Megalithic temple of Jagia
Temple of Jagia – one of the most famous sights of the Maltese island of Gozo. The most popular and perhaps the most controversial. Probably you need to be a real amateur of archeology to appreciate this architectural monument of times of Megalith. Despite the fact that we didn’t quite understand what attracts crowds of tourists to this place, we decided to make a small article about the "giant tower" of Jagantia. Jagantius received its popularity thanks to UNESCO, which in the 80s included this temple in the list of world heritage sites. Not only this temple complex got to the list, but also a few more Megalithic temples Malta: Mnife, Sorrow, Tarshigen, Hajar Kim, Ta’Hajrat. In this list there is no well-known underground shrine of Hal-Saflinion, which in the UNESCO classification is made in a separate object, but we will definitely make a separate article about it. Due to bad safety, UNESCO’s list and a number of other Malta megaliths, for example, Burge In-Fold, brochorff circle, Tal Cadin, Cordin, Tas-Silj and others. Another part of the temples was destroyed or seriously damaged in the XIX century, when the peasants began to actively clear the earth to adapt them to agriculture.
Temple of Jagia
Gagantija Temples is considered the most ancient of Malta megalithic complexes, it consists of two temples, which, according to scientists, were built back in the Neolithic era (about 3600-2500 years BC). According to some reports of Megaliths on the island of Gozo older than the famous Stonehenge. Jagacy complex consists of two temples that are surrounded by a wall. The height of some stones reaches 5.5 meters, and their weight exceeds 50 tons, and it is difficult to believe that these structures were built without the use of metal tools of labor.
The South Temple is considered to be older, archaeologists dating its construction 3600 a year BC, however, despite its more honorable age, he has preserved better than Northern. Temples are reminded by their form of a leaf of clover, which is very typical for Maltese megalithites. The height of the southern temple is about six meters.
If you believe the guides, then a large stone block with a deepening is installed before entering the jagia temple complex, which was used for ablution of hands, and in apsides you can see various altars. But, if you are frank, then all stone blocks look almost the same and only specialists can guess their appointment.
In some stones you can see big round holes. The exact destination archaeologists could not be established, but the most common version is that the builders of Jagantia made them to insert wooden beams on which stones were transferred.
Another version says that the wooden pole was inserted into these "holes", on which the fabric was hanging, separating the placement of the temple and the entrance to the entrance.
During the construction of Jagantia, the so-called wear-resistant coral limestone was used, which is due to which the temples have been preserved in such good condition, and after all, they are already over 5,000 years!
Archaeologists believe that the temples of Jagia were built in honor of the goddess of fertility (Mother Earth) – this is evidenced by the figures found during the excavations. By the way, you can see these finds in the museum of archeology on the island of Gozo. There you can also see copies of ancient engravings, in which the temples of Jagantia look more monumental.
In winter (October-March), Jaganti temples are open daily from 9:00 to 17:00 (entrance until 16:30), and in the summer (April-September), the time of work is extended: from 8:00 to 18:00 ( The entrance is stopped at 17:30).
The price of an adult ticket (as of 2017) € 9 for adults, for adolescents (12-17 years old) and the elderly (over 60) the entrance will cost € 7, for children from 6 to 11 years old – € 5, but the most Small guests of Malta under 5 can visit this unique monument for free. At the entrance ticket to Jagati can also be visited by the TA ‘Kola mill. If you arrive, after 16:30, the entrance for some reason it costs cheaper and for adults will cost € 6.
If you are on the island of Gozo, then it is probably worth a visit this unusual place, but do not expect that you will see something incredible here. When you start thinking about the fact that these temples are more than 5,000 years old, then Jagantia is surprising, but if you abstract from the age of these stones, I look here by and large nothing to do, except for the amazing views of the Shahaar fee (Xagħra).
It is possible that such ambiguous impressions are associated with the fact that at the time of visiting by the temples of Jagia, we knew little about this place, and if they were in advance in the story, maybe it would like more.
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And so, unfortunately, I don’t want to see him again, although the Gozo Island itself really liked, and we will definitely write about it a few more reports. For those who are interested in the story of Jagia will be useful site, where you can listen to the audio guide and even make a virtual excursion for these temples.