The Ġgantija Temple complex is a unique prehistoric monument situated at the centre of an extraordinary archaeological landscape, the Xagħra plateau on the island of Gozo. It consists of two structures built between c.3600 and c.3200 BC.
Notwithstanding its age, the monument survives in a considerably good state of preservation. The Neolithic builders made use of both locally sourced Globigerina and Coralline Limestone. The hard-wearing Coralline Limestone is used extensively at Ġgantija, while the softer Globigerina Limestone is reserved for inner furnishings, such as doorways, altars and decorative slabs.
The site consists of two structures, with separate entrances and a common boundary wall. Each unit consists of a number of apses flanking a central corridor. Two plaster fragments with red ochre, now on display at the Ġgantija Temples Interpretation Centre suggest that the internal walls were plastered and painted over.
Remains of animal bone discovered in this site suggest communal rituals and feasting. The use of fire is shown by the presence of stone hearths. A number of libation holes in the floor may have been used for the pouring of liquid offerings. It is probable that during ceremonial activities, the congregation would have assembled outside the monument, since the large forecourt in front of the two structures was purposely raised by the same builders.
Entrance to the Ġgantija Temples is from an Interpretation Centre that provides visitors with the opportunity to explore various aspects related to life in the Neolithic Period. The centre is also home to a selection of the most significant artefacts discovered at various prehistoric sites in Gozo.
Museum, Archaeological Remains
Mon to Sun (Closed on Good Friday, Christmas Eve & Day, New Year’s Eve & Day): 09.00 am - 16.30 pm
Xagħra, XRA 2171, Gozo
Combo ticket with Kola Windmill
Adults (18+): €10.00
Youths (12-17): €8.00
Senior Citizens (60+): €8.00
Concessions & Students: €8.00
Children (6-11): €6.00
Infants (1-5): Free
The closest bus stop is 1 minute by walk. Interested in getting here by public transport?Plan your journey
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Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most common questions
The visit starts from an Interpretation Centre offering information on the site, audiovisuals and a display of some of the most significant Neolithic artefacts found in Gozo. An outdoor pathway links the Interpretation Centre to the Ġgantija Temples.
A visit normally takes around one hour, although visitors are welcome to spend as much time on site as they wish!
Photographs are allowed without the use of tripods. The use of flash is not allowed inside the Interpretation Centre.
Only assistance dogs are allowed on site.
The Ġgantija Temples have their own museum shop. There is no restaurant or cafeteria. However the site is a short walk away from the Xagħra village square were several of these amenities may be found.