Misrah Ghar il-Kbir Malta (Ghar il-Kbir is Maltese for the Great Cave) is part of Malta’s Clapham Junction Cart Ruts site, which is the most famous site on Malta and in the world for the very mysterious and puzzling Cart Tracks.
Ghar il-Kbir has great local history behind it – it even has Cart Ruts going into it.
A large hollow or crater in the ground that had a series of caves in the sides where Malta’s Troglodytes use to live.
The site quoted and linked below has more on Ghar il-Kbir folklore, history and accounts of living in the community of cave dwellers.
Ghar il-Kbir (the Great Cave) is the best-known of these settlements. It consists of eight smaller caves, on two different levels, surrounding a large natural cavern. The roof of the cavern (technically called a ‘karst hollow’) has collapsed. The cave dwellers inhabit the smaller caves, having built stone walls inside (as well as at the entrance) to separate their living quarters. There is no evidence of wall painting (which is found at some other sites), but there are various works in stone, loops in the ceiling, ducts, shelves and niches, which evidently served practical purposes.
If you are visiting the Clapham Junction Malta Cart Tracks site during the hot summer then the cool and great caves of Misrah Ghar il-Kbir are a welcome relief. If you are there when it rains or its a cold wind during Malta’s winter then its a great place to get out of the weather and thaw out.