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Ggantija Temples, Gozo

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Published on Aug 16, 2011

I would like to share with you a priceless Prehistoric Temples, Ggantija Temples, which may be found on the little island of Gozo!
I've had several requests to share with friends here on Youtube places from my country--well i decided to fulfill these requests & i hope you enjoy!
I visited these temples with my family during my little Summer vacation this year !
I will be uploading another video with more highlights of our vacation!

Please let me know what you think of these Temples! =)

THANKS so much for watching!
Luv to all! ♥
Sandra



The Ggantija Temples are two prehistoric temples on Gozo, the second-largest island in Malta. One of them is the oldest stone structure in the world, predating Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids by hundreds of years. Round in shape and containing statues of full-figured goddesses, the Ggantija temples were dedicated to the Great Earth Mother and probably included an oracle. The site was a place of pilgrimage for the ancient inhabitants of Malta.

History
The two temples of Gjantija are estimated to be 5,800 years old (built between 3600 and 3000 BC). According to an ancient legend, the temple walls were built in one day and one night by a female giant named Sunsuna, who did it while nursing a baby. Ggantija is Maltese for "giant's grotto."

According to archaeologists, the Ggantija temples were dedicated to the Great Earth Mother, a goddess of fertility. Evidence indicates there was an oracle here, as at the much-later Temple of Apollo at Delphi. A priestess prophesied while in a trance, possessed by the spirit of the goddess. Ggjantija also seems to have been a place to pray for healing.

In ancient times, the temples dedicated to the Mother Goddess at Ggantija drew pilgrims from across the island and even from North Africa and Sicily.

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