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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 2 Attractions in Paola
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
Owner description: The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site, a complex made up of...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the tour in terms of information provided in the audio guide ...a bit mechanical in that you do feel you are ushered along by a ...in our case rather dour ... guide ... Woe betide you if you move forward without prior instruction...but there is plenty of time to see most of the parts of this incredible site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Because of the delicate nature of the structure, access is limited and so tickets must be booked far in advance (sometimes months in the busy season). Also, they do not allow children - our group consisted of me, my husband, my children, my parents and my sister, so we booked two separate tours. The tour is about an hour and... More 

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Walmer, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

When visiting places like this I always wonder what is still to be found. This site is well excavated and laid out for visitors. I can see why numbers are so low, the actual place is very small, and cramped. The atmosphere has to be controlled too to prevent loss of this ancient structure. There are three parts to the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Worth seeing. Very thought provoking. On arrival you are informed by your chaperone to leave all bags/cameras in a small wooden locker. They then hand you audio guides but do not contribute to the tour in person other than to rush you along. The tour is split into three parts. The first involves an exhibition of the site. Unfortunately you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

There is a eerie feeling to the Hypogeum. No one really knows who built it, or what happened to them. So in that sense, it felt quite unique from any historic site, to which I've been prior. On the other hand, like much in Malta it is overpriced, and the surrounding area is unremarkable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

This is a fascinating and rare glimpse into The stone age. It is a stunning survival. Good value if you are a pensioner too. It is unforgettable but book in advance.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This was booked in advance, as the site is restricted to ticket holders, and ticekts can only be booked in advance, online.This part was run very professionally. However, on arrival we had to relinquish any bags, were instructed not to take any photos (no issue with that) and were told what would occur. Walkways enable visitors to view the chamber... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We really liked this but I can understand why some people did not. The Good This is great for people who are interested in pre-history, archaeology, stone structures, that kind of thing. If you are (and can afford 30 Euros a ticket), you will have a great time in Malta and should supplement your visit with Ħaġar Qim, Ġgantija Temples... More 

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Manchester UK
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We tried on the off chance as we were told there was a 6 week waiting list. Turns out it was only 2 hours but at 35€ each we didn't bother

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It really feels incredible how people thousands of years ago carved out this complex underground burial site replicating many of the features we find in their temples. The introductory video is in need of a remake - while the content is mostly relevant, it is evident that it has been produced quite a few years back.

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