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Qrendi is a small village located in the southwest of Malta, near the villages of Mqabba and Żurrieq. Qrendi was a habited site since antiquity. Within the bounds of the village one can find the magnificent temples (UNESCO World Heritage sites) of Mnajdra and Ħaġar Qim, which date back to about 3800 B.C. As with other Copper Age remains, these rank among the oldest free-standing structures in the World. Remains of shaft graves, field catacombs, and other archaeological evidence further testify to ancient habitation in the area. During World War II, Qrendi and its surroundings hosted a number of garrisons of British forces in preparation for action against Rommel's forces in North Africa; Qrendi also became the site of an airstrip built for the Allied invasion of Sicily - this in now predominantly farmland, but some of the buildings and the line of the runway can still be found to the north of the village. Qrendi chagned considerably in recent year, with modern housing rising round its outskirts. Nevertheless much of the "old" village core remains intact and is well worth a visit. The little harbour of Wied iż-Żurrieq, from where one can take a short boat trip to the famous Blue Grotto, also falls within the confines of Qrendi.