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Address: Burial Street, Paola, Island of Malta PLA 03, Malta
Phone Number: +356 2180 5018
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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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Quite simply, unique

This is the only place we visited on Malta where it is essential that you have booked online before you arrive because only 10 visitors are allowed each hour. When you do visit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Arthog, United Kingdom
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Arthog, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is the only place we visited on Malta where it is essential that you have booked online before you arrive because only 10 visitors are allowed each hour. When you do visit you can see why everything is done to protect this extraordinary complex of tombs. Because it is so precious the organisation has been honed to perfection and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We have tried to get tickets for each of our 2 previous visits to Malta but this is such a unique site it's not surprising that it's booked up online months in advance. Next day tickets are only available very rarely so as soon as you know you are visiting Malta book your Hypogeum tickets (NOTE It will be closed... More 

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Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

When I found out I had to book in advance I was so excited to be going and kept it for the last day of our trip around Malta & Gozo. We missed the entrance as it blends in with the houses around it and doesn't stand out. Definitely not for people with mobility problems as you have to climb... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

What an amazing place. Having read the (quite mixed) recent reviews, we went with open minds, and really enjoyed it: our “security guard” was a smiling man from Heritage Malta, who locked our bags and cameras away and accompanied us. Unlike others, we seemed to have plenty of time to read the information boards, and although the film was not... More 

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Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I'm primarily a "cultural" tourist. I have seen many renowned monuments and temples from history and prehistory around the world and intend to see a lot more before I have to stop travelling. This site is right up there with the best, but there are some significant limitations (mainly to protect this completely unique site) that you need to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

One of our reasons for returning to Malta this March was because we hadn't pre booked to visit Hal Saflieni Hypogeum before visiting Malta in September 2014. We were so disappointed that when we made our mind up to return to Malta we booked our tickets for the Hypogeum before booking the hotel and flights! The Hypogeum just blows you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

for an archeologist or related profession, obviously a MUST SEE. For a simple tourist like me, I would not rate it as "Shambles" or "Excellent" either. To the layman it may look like just an underground complex of chambers, however one have to see it in the proper time frame. Together with all the other ancient works of construction to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

You can't fault the structure itself - this place is amazing, and to visit leaves your mind boggling as to the sheer complexity and man-hours that must have gone into the construction of the hypogeum all those years ago. You also can't fault restricting visitor numbers for the sake of preservation, and whilst steep, I don't think 30 Euros is... More 

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Oh dear, oh dear...I really didn't want to give this place a "terrible" as it is quite possibly the oldest known massive architectural pre history monument outside of Zimbabwe but the only redeeming factor I can give is that at least i have seen the 7000 year old mausoleum. The tour started bad from the minute I entered...i went up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This is an amazing place. The only thing I didn't like is the fact that they do not talk about the elongated skulls. This was something I was hoping to learn more about. Other than that, it is one of the most fascinating places to visit. Please remember that they have very limited tickets available daily and you need to... More 

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