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Address: Burial Street, Paola, Island of Malta PLA 03, Malta
Phone Number: +356 2180 5018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site, a...
The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site, a complex made up of interconnecting rock-cut chambers set on three distinct levels. Earliest remains at the site date back to about 4000BC, and the complex was used over a span of many centuries, up to c. 2500 BC. The Hypogeum was first opened to the public in 1908. Due to its uniqueness, the site became very popular with visitors. Unfortunately, this had a negative impact on the delicate microclimate of the site. For this reason, a conservation project was conducted that also included the closure of the site for 10 years between 1990 and 2000. As a result of these studies, a new visiting system was established. Nowadays, only 10 visitors an hour are now allowed inside the Hypogeum for a maximum of 8 tours a day. This system is also complemented by an environmental control system which keeps temperature and humidity at required levels.Tickets for the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum should be bought well ahead of the chosen visiting date since tours are often fully booked weeks in advance.For more information visit Heritage Malta's website.
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real interesting site! a must see! you need to book weeks ahead, because only 10 people per group can enter.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Going into something that is 5000 years old is obviously special. One can only imagine the significance this place held to the inhabitants of the time. It's mind boggling to think about it really! But... It is a very short fully automated tour. Starts out with an exhibition, followed by a really low quality video about the place and then... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

real interesting site! a must see! you need to book weeks ahead, because only 10 people per group can enter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A haunting experience. The guide was excellent. Note: you can't take photos or video, & you'll have to leave your bag (it will get locked up). Also, you MUST book well in advance (at least two months in advance).

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

One thousand years before Stonehenge and the great Egyptian Pyramids were built, Neolithic man was creating a unique underground burial complex. Working by hand, using stone tools and tools fashioned from antlers, they excavated this remarkable location, unlike any other, and decorated it with painted designs that remain visible today. Numbers visiting are limited strictly, with pre-booked tickets selling out... More 

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United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Only 10 people allowed at a time but a well organised trip underground. Difficult to get tickets so book months ahead. Also no café so eat beforehand as there are no facilities for miles around!

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Listed in UNESCO World Heritage. The underground cemetry with 3 levels. The unique monument older than Pyramides. Warning! The tickets need to be reserved in forward. Very limited number of visitors a day. Just 10 people in one group and 6 groups a day.

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Booked ahead by three months for this visit. Gulped, when I saw the total fee required for six people - four adults and two children. Outside of the site is unprepossessing, but don't be put off - inside it is amazing. The 45 minute tour went so quickly. You were in another, almost magical world. Amazingly preserved remains underground. Only... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is an attraction out of the ordinary and in my opinion a must see for people interested in Malta's cultural heritage. 30 Euros per person is on the steep side, but at least you get a good view since they only allow 10 persons at a time. We visited in the low season (March) and booked the tickets one... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We booked well in advance and were surprised to find that even in early March all the visitor places were filled up to the middle of April. The tour started in a small museum, next there was a short film and then the Hypogeum itself. Listening to our audio guide and following our human guide (complete with necessary torch) we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Hypogem is in Paola, which is few stops away from Valletta, We were in North Malta during Christmas period and used Bus 41 or 42 to come to Velletta . After seeing Valletta, we took Bus no 81 to Marsaxlokk (may take Bus 85 to Marsaxlokk or Bus 82 to Birzebbuga from Valletta bus stand. The platform number for the... More 

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