Bugibba Temple

Buġibba, Malta

Buġibba Temple is megalithic stone setting located a short distance from the coast, between Buġibba and Qawra Point. It was built during the Tarxien phase of Maltese prehistory. The temple is quite small, and part of its coralline limestone façade can still be seen. From the trilithon entrance, a corridor leads to a central area which contains three apses. Part of the temple"s floor has also survived at the back of the site.

The rest of the structure was destroyed over the years, as the area was leveled due to being used for agricultural purposes.

Buġibba Temple was discovered by the Maltese archaeologist Themistocles Zammit in the 1920s, when he discovered large stones in a field close to Qawra Point. The temple was excavated in 1928 by Zammit and L. J. Upton Way. During the excavations, two decorated stone blocks were found. One is a carved square block that was an altar, and the other is a rectangular block with carved fish on two of its faces. These blocks are now in the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.

Eventually, the Dolmen Resort Hotel was built around the temple, which was incorporated into the grounds of the hotel close to its swimming pools.



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Founded: 3150-2500 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Malta

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Tina Clay (17 months ago)
In the grounds of the hotel that takes its name from the standing stones, Dolmen, set in a pretty setting. Worth a visit.
Piotr Konieczny (17 months ago)
Three stone slabs, one minute sightseeing and you are done.
Milen Dimitrov (18 months ago)
I expected more... This dolmen is surrounded by a modern hotel and I'm not sure if it is really ancient... A lot of cabling, lights around, does not worth to go specially to visit it, only if you stumble upon it makes any sense ...
Ognian Dimitrov (2 years ago)
An ancient megalithic complex, which is now in the yard of a hotel. Access is free so it's good to see.
Mara Ioana Ionicioiu (2 years ago)
There’s nothing more than in the picture, not worth wasting your time. It’s in the back garden of a hotel, surrounded by balconies, and tables makes you feel like it’s just some decorative stones put there by the hotel.
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