Ġgantija temples:the second oldest temple in the world

Triq John Otto Bayer, Ix-Xag?ra 2161, Malta

Simona Bertolaso

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The ?gantija Temples are the second oldest known temple structures in the world and some of the oldest stone structures still standing in the world today. They are the oldest of the Megalithic Temples of Malta, which are several preshistoric temples built between 3600 – 700 BCE on the island of Malta.

Archaeological research suggests that the temples were built in honor of the Great Earth Mother, a goddess of fertility. It is also believed that the temples were used for fertility rituals and figurines, statues, and animal bones have been found around the site. According to ancient legend, the temples were built by a female giant named Sunsuna who had a child with a human as places of worship.

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