Borġ in-Nadur – mysterious ruins of a megalithic temple

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Ruins of a megalithic temple

Malta still holds many secrets, especially those from thousands of years ago, from the time when megalithic temples arose here. In addition to the most-known ruins of megalithic temples, such as Ġgantija or Ħaġar Qim, we can also find smaller, peaceful, but definitely worse preserved. Borġ in Nadur belongs to such places.

St. George's Bay - megalithic temples of Malta
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Borġ in-Nadur temple – Stone Age in Malta

The megalithic temple of Borġ in Nadur was discovered in the late 19th century. Like the others on the island, it dates back to the Neolithic period, and more precisely to the period called the ‘Tarxien‘ phase, around 3150-2500 BC, which was confirmed by archaeological research conducted here between 1921 and 1927. Later during the Bronze Age (2500-700 BC), the temple was used as a cemetery, as well as for domestic purposes. The Bronze Age village was discovered nearby.

Borġ in-Nadur temple in Birżebbuġa
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Borġ in-Nadur temple is located on a high ground between two valleys, in the modern town of Birżebbuġa. The temple is formed up of 4 apses, similarly to the other contemporary temple in Mnajdra. However, there are also some differences. One of them is that the large courtyard in the Borg In-Nadur temple is enclosed by a long boundary wall.

An interesting fact is that in the mysterious ruins next to the temple fragments of Mycenaean ceramics were discovered. Either way, the Borg In-Nadur temple like Malta‘s other megalithic temples still raises more questions than answers.


Photographs of Borġ in-Nadur temple

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  • BorgInNadur DSC 1982 mini
  • BorgInNadur DSC 2003 mini
  • BorgInNadur DSC 1993 mini
  • BorgInNadur DSC 2001 mini
  • BorgInNadur DSC 2013 mini

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