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<b>Malchittu</b>Posted by salsImage © sals
Latitude:41° 4' 44.81" N
Longitude:   9° 24' 38.01" E

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27 May 2008

Up in the hills is the small bronze age temple of Malchittu. Readers who know me know I'm not much of a walker; I stumble and fall a lot, so have to look at my feet ALL the time, I have a dodgy knee going downhill and am generally lazy. But despite the 2km walk up to it (UP being the operative word) I thought I'd go for it anyway. It was a nice day after all and we were in no hurry.

The sandy, easy-to-walk-on path wound gently through beautiful farmland of small grassy meadows and trees until it started to rise and climb into the rocky scrub of the granite-bouldered mountain. Curling around, the path reaches the rounded high point of the mountain where the little oval temple had been built.

And there's still something to admire – the thick walls, including the gable end, still had its doorway and niche above. The fact that someone bothered to build a temple here up on this rocky mountain is what impressed me. I wondered if there was spring nearby – I had noticed some damp runnels on the path nearby, but couldn't see the water source.

I think I only stumbled twice and even had time to stop and look at the amazing views!
Jane Posted by Jane
31st May 2008ce

It's just over 1½km from the car park for Nuraghe Albucciu (see this site for access, facility and ticket details) to Malchittu Temple; the path is generally wide and sandy, but does climb a bit, and the last section to reach the temple is a scramble up uneven rocks. So not recommended for the less mobile!

The temple is a very unusual structure for Sardinia and is situated between two rocky outcrops with fantastic views over the surrounding area. There's an entrance foyer, with one straight and one curved wall, and a doorway into the main part of the temple, where niches for offerings, and a central hearth, can be seen. There's an oak tree growing towards the back of the structure. The walls are really impressive and a scramble up the rocks on either side give great views down into the temple.

At the bottom of the rocky scramble, there's the remains of another structure.

It's well worth allowing a couple of hours to view this group of sites (here and Albucciu and Moru).
sals Posted by sals
28th September 2007ce
Edited 28th September 2007ce