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3600-2500 Malta Animal Relief of a bull and sow part of monumental structures from Tarxien, Malta. Maltese prehistory has been recalibrated to 3rd millennia BCE. The prehistoric Maltese cultures developed earlier and independently of the Egyptian pyramids or Stonehenge.


Prehistoric Malta, 3600-2500 BCE

Megalithic Temples of Malta, one of the oldest structures in the world

1600 BCE, The Tarxien ship graffiti are among the oldest in the Mediterranean. This period of Malta represents a distinct and later culture from the Maltese monument builders whose culture ended circa 2500 BCE.


Tarxien Temples, Malta - carved spiral relief #world #heritage


Nubia, Sudan: the pyramids that pre-date the Egyptian pyramids . (Sudan - the black pharaohs by Retlaw Snellac, via Flickr)


Tarxien - Temple in Malta, Oldest free standing structure on earth, older than the pyramids


Tas-Silġ Sanctuary (Malta). The earliest construction was of a temple typical of the Tarxien phase (3000-2500 BCE), accompanied by a group of megaliths. The hilltop was then occupied by the people of the following Bronze Age (2500-700 BCE). The Phoenicians took over the site around 700 BCE. In the last phase of its life, towards the fifth century CE, a church was built on the site. The site takes its name from the nearby Church of our Lady of the Snows (in Maltese ‘Tas-Silġ’)


Ġgantija Temple, Gozo, Malta Neolithic c. 3600-2500 BCE, which makes these temples more than 5500 years old and the world's second oldest manmade religious structures, after Göbekli Tepe.

From the Tarxien Temple in Malta