The strange Mnajdra, Malta

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Mnajdra is a megalithic temple complex found on the southern coast of the Mediterranean island of Malta, dating back to the fourth millennium BC. It is one of the most ancient religious sites on Earth. The unique, easterly orientation of Mnajdra above-ground temple suggests that the temple may have served as one of the world’s oldest solar calendars. On the Equinox days, a ray of sun enters the temple and lights up its main axis. On the Solstices, sunlight illuminates the entrance chamber’s megaliths.

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The view along the temple axis from the terminal altar

In this photo both of the outer apses can be seen and nearly all of the inter-apse doorway with its strange low "slab altars" flanking the portal.
In this photo both of the outer apses can be seen and nearly all of the inter-apse doorway with its
strange low “slab altars” flanking the portal.
This beautifully worked slab gives access to a tiny intramural room containing a single small pedestal altar. Part of the altar top slab and pedestal is visible through the doorway.
This beautifully worked slab gives access to a tiny intramural room containing a single
small pedestal altar. Part of the altar top slab and pedestal is visible through the doorway.

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