Tarxien is a small village in the southeast of Malta The etymology of the village may be a corruption of one of two words: Tarzin, an Arabic word for a family of trees; or Tirix, meaning a large stone, similar to those used for the village's noted temples. The village motto is Tyrii Genure Coloni ("the Phoenicians created me").

Today, the village is inhabited by just over 8000 villagers. A key part of Tarxien culture is the feast of the Annunciation, a religious holiday celebrated in late May. It is celebrated with large fireworks displays.The feast of our Lady of the Doctrine is also celebrated

World Heritage Sites

The Megalithic Temples of the Maltese islands are on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, but a few people know about these prehistoric free-standing stone structures in the world which are much older than the Pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge.


Tarxien Temples is one of the
 the World's Mysterious Places on Earth  


These are certainly the most beautifully decorated and the largest temples. It is, in fact, a temple complex.
These beautiful temples lie in the village of Tarxien not far from the Hypogeum. These temples may be considered as the cathedral of megalithic culture in Europe.
The perfect architectural discipline of especially the middle temple of Tarxien surpasses in beauty and perfection all the other megalithic temples of the Maltese islands. Here one sees an almost geometrical pattern.
With their beautiful spiral motifs and dot motifs, the Tarxien temples are undoubtedly the most beautifully decorated temples. This monument consists of four buildings.
The megalithic remains of Tarxien were discovered in 1914 under one meter of earth, by chance by stone masons. The stone-masons could not dig further and the Museums Department was called in. Excavations started in 1915 by Sir Temi Zammit a Maltese archaeologist.