According to forecast, today (9th April) should have been raining, so I decided not to go to the beach and instead of sunbathing learnt something about Malta. On the Internet, I was looking for some museum near to Swieqi. In the end, I chose Tarxien Temples although it is not near to Swieqi.
I must admit missing my bus stops and I got off in Zejtun and had to go back. Fortunately, I’ve met the older woman who was willing to show me round Tarxien and I had a possibility to train my English as well. I found out such as woman travelled a lot and also visited Prague and Drážďany, so we were able to compare the life in Malta to the Czech Republic.
However, in the middle of the city (in my opinion, I would call it as a village) I explore the place covered a canvas that seems to be my goal of the journey – Tarxien temple. The entrance costs 6 euros for an adult.
Through all complex, the elevated walkway is crossing and from this, you can see the complex of four templates dated from Late Neolitic (3600 – 2500 BC), starting with the modest structure to the East Temple and ending with the large six-room Central Temple (the archeologists use the word six-apse plan, but I don’t understand what the apse means in Czech). During Bronze Age, the South Temple was used as a cemetery. By the end of the Roman period, the area was turned into fields for agriculture equipped with lots of water channels.
At the following photos, you can see the whole complex of Tarxien Temples from a distance. In the third picture, I shot the cat sleeping on the limestone (Notice: In Malta there are lots of wild cats, I maybe prepare some article about this fact which is typical for Mediterranean’s countries).
In the museum around the elevated walkway, there are situated a couple of boards with a few pieces of information that you can see in front of you. I’ve learnt such as that in Bronze age the change occurred in the way how inhabitants buried their dead – not to the tombs but cremated and placed in funerary urns. Further, the South and East Temples were built in the same period but the East Temple is a much smaller and simpler structure. However, both of them consists of megalithic walls, torba floors and sometimes with sculptures.
At the third picture, you can see a stone block with two curved spirals blocks the entrance into the second set of apses of the Central Temple. The one question arise in my mind when I see it: If they only had rope, fabric and leather available, how would they build a door for the temple?
In the photo above, it is something that seems to have constituted a focal point in the South Temple. The plugged cavity hewn within decorated surface, served as a cubbyhole in which a number of flint knives and burnt animal bones was found. I am wondering what kind of animal could have been used in rituals or feasting?
By the way, in the Tarxien Temples, the archaeologists found the largest collection of stone sculpture to be discovered in any of Malta’s Megalithic Temples, to date.
The exposition is a bit smaller that I got used seeing in the Czech museums but personally, it is worth seeing it, either this complex is in the list of UNESCO heritages or we can learn some detail about Malta’s history. What’s more, I could learn lots of new words, e.G. a niche, tomb, apse, flint knives, cubbyhole, cavity and so on. Yes, I probably don’t use them in a daily conversation but I can look like a clever girl with an interest in the archaeology :-).
Finally, I shared some photos with me as proof that I have been here :-).
You probably suspect what it was doing after my visiting this exposition. Of course, I had an idea to continue walking back to „my house“. I remember that I don’t have any map of Malta so I could be oriented only of my sense of orientation and it isn’t my strong skill :-). Owing to this fact, I decided to go around the bus route. Unfortunately, in Marsa, the pedestrian walkway disappeared and I had to turn away from the main route. So just look at my trip in sport-tracker and judge how I succeeded :-).
However, I think that it is worth walking back because I could see lots of interesting places shared with you.
The following photo shows the „cathedral“ in Paola, it is near to the Tarxien Temples (by the way, at this square I bought my favourite lunch – qasata with ricotta – what a tasty fast-food).
After I went through Paola I could see from a distance something that looks like a rich cathedral. When I came to this building, I found out it is a main Malta’s cemetary.
I forgot to say that Maltese are not too cleanely nationality. I would describe lots os examples from the streets what I’d seen several times but there is a one thing for which I must boast them – every the ring-road is clean and they grow some flowers here as you can see at the followings photos.
Then I started losing myself I should have a possibility to see the only one horse race in Malta. It located in Marsa. What was the strange for me is the localisation of horse’s stable. In the picture it looks like as a nice calm place lying in the nature. I must warn that this pictures were taken from the walkway going around the main route. Yes, there are lots of noise and dust. I don’t think that it is a nice place for feeding a horse.
After my visitting Quormi (unplanned, but I discover the big supermarket Lidl, it could be helpful in future) I came to Hamrun and took several photos from the streets that kept old-town charming. Now I knew when I was and I chose the right direct to home.
Today I had been walking about 16 km but I am satisfied and not so much tired because I saw lots of new places, learnt new words, had a possibility to practise speaking in English, in the bus I started learning the differences between gerundium and infinitve after words.
What I say in the end, at home I met new roommate – Erica. She is from Brasil and now she is a student of one college in Malta. Welcome to Malta, Erica.