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Discover Gozo's heritage trail
Located on Gozo, Malta’s smaller sister island, a picturesque 25-minute ferry ride across the channel, Ġgantija Temples are considered to be a milestone in humankind’s technological evolution.
The ingenious temple builders accomplished a level of engineering and sophistication in the construction of these monuments that appears unparalleled elsewhere in the Neolithic. Prepare to be awed by the enormous megaliths of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which according to local folklore were believed to have been erected by a giantess who fed on a diet of broad beans and honey.
The complex consists of a five-chambered South Temple, constructed around 3600 BC, a North Temple built 400 years later, with four apses and a terminal niche and a large open semi-circular forecourt.
Whilst still in the village of Xagħra, pop round the corner and explore the ethnographic museum in the 18th century Ta’ Kola windmill built during the magistracy of Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena.
Back in Rabat/Victoria, learn about Gozo’s multi-faceted past in the interactive Citadel Visitor Centre. Armed with a brief overview, walk up to the imposing fortress on the hill for some impressive panoramic views of the island.
Discover the graffiti carved onto the walls of the oldest prison on Gozo, where Fra Jean Parisot de La Valette was incarcerated in 1538. Ponder over a young Muslim girl’s poignant epitaph inscribed on Maymūnah’s stone in the Gozo Museum of Archaeology. Relive a magical milestone in mankind’s history and view the fragments of moonstone brought from the moon’s surface by the crew of Apollo II in the Gozo Nature Museum. Finally imagine what everyday life was like during the late medieval period in the Gran Castello Historic House.
Heritage Malta is pleased to announce two Discover Gozo Combo tickets that will enable visitors to enter seven different cultural locations whenever they want to over the period of a month.
Both the Discover Gozo and the Discover Gozo Family Combo tickets will allow access to the following museums and sites:
Xagħra: Ġgantija Temples and Ta’ Kola Windmill open every day from 10:00 to 16:30.
Rabat/Victoria: Citadel Visitor Centre, Gozo Prison, Gozo Museum of Archaeology, Gozo Nature Museum, and Gran Castello Historic House open Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:30.
Tickets can be purchased from all Museum and Site Shops and online here.