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Summer Solstice at the Temples of Hagar Qim

Meet the first sun rays near the Temples of Hagar Qim to mark the summer solstice, a new day and even a new life!

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The temple of Ħaġar Qim is situated near the village of Qrendi at the top of the hill overlooking the sea and the Fifla islet . Another remarkable site, the Mnajdra Temple, is located at the bottom of the hill. Both of these temples are very ancient. Experts believe their period of foundation to date between 3600 – 3200 BC. UNESCO even recognizes Ħaġar Qim as a World Heritage Site.

Every summer on June 20th and 21st, during the summer solstice, lots of tourists come to this destination to see the sunrise, when the sun’s rays pass through the elliptical hole and illuminate a stone slab inside the chamber. Sunrise on the first day of each season underlines the relationship between the temples and celestial bodies. Summer Solstice can be witnessed from either the Hagar Qim Temples or from the Mnajdra Temples in Malta. It's really a magical phenomenon!

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