Ġgantija and the transitional Saflieni phases. The Tarxien phase was the golden age of temple building in Malta.
Like the two preceding periods, the Tarxien phase takes its name from an eponymous type site. The Tarxien temples are three separate, but connected temples. Like the temples at Ġgantija, the Tarxien temples are curved buildings that make use of apses or archways.