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In response to Bea, the many Maltese temples predate the pyramids and
Stonehenge, and in many aspects are, or were re Mnajdra, in remarkably good
shape. Current dating has them begun ca. 4100 through 2500BC, that is, from
about a thousand years older than any equivalent megalithic structure.
Clever architectural details abound, as well as statuary including the
formerly 2 meter 'Fat Lady'.
Something I intended to mention, then got put off by the shock of
ravagement, was a warning that one of the most interesting sites, the
underground carved temple called the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, is now sealed
for temperature and humidity control, with limited public access. At the
time I was there, there was a three week wait for reservations, so I didn't
get to see it. Any intending visitors should note this and try to prebook.
All in all, it was one of the best places I have ever been, and though a
bit distant from New England, I would certainly go back if I could, hoping
that the temples will be better protected for their future. There was,
after the destruction, a huge public meeting in Valletta, in protest that
such acts could occur. Most Maltese are justifiably very proud of their