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Prehistoric Temples Of Malta

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Trina Demario
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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2008, 01:21:07 pm »



Hagar Qim. Entrance Facade.
The monumental entrance facade of Hagar Qim is one of the most famous sights in Malta. The scale and fine workmanship of this facade leave an indelible impression on the visitor. It has been theorized that the numerous prehistoric stone temples of Malta were built in a spirit of rivalty by competing clans or chiefdoms, each trying to outdo the other in size, beauty, and overall impact.

Visible behind the facade and to the right side of this photograph is the top of a tall stone slab which is built into the far wall.

Malta. 1998.

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« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2008, 01:21:50 pm »



Hagar Qim. Outer wall.
Closeup of the stone upright whose tip is visible in the previous photo.

This stone seems tilted at an impossible angle. Why doesn't it tip over and crash? Sophisticated visual and engineering effects like this are found throughout the temples, often where one least expects them. The line of this stone beautifully defines the inward tilt of the temple wall, without any visible means of support.

Socket construction is visible at the center base. Triangular "sockets" have been carved into the base of the uprights, and also where two uprights join together. One such socket has been filled by a triangular stone, near the center bottom of the photo. Another photo shows the best example of this construction.

Malta. 1998.



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