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Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Burial Street, Paola, Island of Malta PLA 03, Malta
+356 2180 5018
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Paola
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site, a complex made up of interconnecting rock-cut chambers set on three distinct... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

You have to have an appointment to visit and they only allow 60 visitors a day so plan ahead....but it will be worth your time. This necropolis is well perserved.

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Newbiggin by the Sea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

well worth a visit so informative and they only take 10 people in at a time so there is no crush you are taken step by step through the past and i would recommend it a a must just remember to book before you go as you cannot get in at the door its booked so far in advance

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Do NOT miss the Hypogeum if you go to Malta, especially if you are interested in prehistory. This place is just amazing and it was the highlight of our trip. It has a real aura and I felt quite emotional as we journeyed around the various chambers some of which had their ceilings decorated with red ochre painted spiral designs.... More

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Swinton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

After numerous visits to Malta and having never been as you have to book months in advance I got it together this year and pre booked ahead of our visit. Booking online was very easy and no issues paying with uk debit card and not in euros. Yes it is expensive for what it is - but numbers are limited... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I am so glad I found out about this. I booked about 5 weeks in advance and got the last place available on the day since they only take in groups of 10. I enjoyed seeing this although parts of the audio commentary were a bit cheesy or perhaps that is my inner cynic coming out. Be aware it is... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This is my favorite site in Malta -- it's so old and the spirals on the ceiling were so enigmatic..it made me very curious about them. I would have loved to have stayed in it longer as well as experience it in complete silence, too. Definitely book it in advance.

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Montgomery, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I found this place simply looking for things to do in Malta. I reserved our tickets a couple of months in advance. It was amazing to see prehistoric artifacts so well preserved and get a glimpse into the lives of the people so many centuries ago. Definitely go see this!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This series of underground chambers was cut with antler horn and stone tools by a Neolithic people who far antedate the Pyramids or their Orkney contemporaries. It dates back to about 3,600 BCE, was used for burials, has substantial remnants of red ochre decoration and is in part shaped so as to look like a built temple, with uprights and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We were fortunate enough to secure tickets to visit whilst in Malta, there are a few tickets available on a first come first served basis the day before, with the rest booked up some way in advance, there were already only tickets for pre-booking from 2nd Oct as at 17th Aug, so as previous reviews have indicated book early. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Booked ahead, on-line (via the Heritage Malta website) because it is almost impossible to see the Hypogeum otherwise. There are only ten visitors allowed at each time slot, so no overcrowding. It was very atmospheric and even a bit spooky in places. The lighting is kept on a very subdued level to prevent the growth of algae, so you need... More

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