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Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Burial Street, Paola, Island of Malta PLA 03, Malta
+356 2180 5018
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Amazing place

We booked in advance for this as we couldnt get tickets last year and it was well worth it. A... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rob H
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Bransgore, United Kingdom
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amazing, but I wish we could have taken photos

This is a very interesting discovery to see in collaboration with other neolithic sites on Malta... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
FoodiePilgrim
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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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 Hypogeum should be purchased well in advance.
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Burial Street, Paola, Island of Malta PLA 03, Malta
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We booked in advance for this as we couldnt get tickets last year and it was well worth it. A little off the beaten track but well signposted and truely an amazing place to visit. Tours start promptly so be early.

Thank Rob H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting discovery to see in collaboration with other neolithic sites on Malta, and with the museum of archaeology. You cannot take photos, the groups are small and tightly controlled, and you get an audiotour that kind of sterilizes the experience -...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The highlight of any visit to Malta, we got tix on the morning before by queuing up, but remember its 50% cheaper if you are organised well in advance and buy online , We got there by using the hop on Hop off bus ,which...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth planning the visit. I can see why 10 people per hour is sensible. The initial video presentation is well made and informative. The audio guide is comprehensive enough for most and the tour of the underground portion is quite atmospheric. For me it...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a visit to the hypogeum in January when we booked the holiday to Malta. It’s amazing quite eerie and hard to imagine how this was built. Only 10 people an hour can visit to protect the hypogeum. Comprehensive audio guided tour but a real...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When in Malta, a visit to the Hypogeum is in order. You will need to make a reservation online well in advance, however, as only 10 people per tour are allowed in at a time. These underground ruins are very susceptible to damange from humidity...More

Thank CKF
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would not suggest this site as one you have to visit at any price. You have to book a long time in advance (30 euros or 40 at the last minute if there is any possibility). You never get the possibility to see more...More

Thank Pcs1952
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum (underground cemetery) was discovered in 1902 on a hill overlooking the innermost part of the Grand Harbour of Valletta, in the town of Paola. It is a unique prehistoric monument, which seems to have been conceived as an underground cemetery, originally...More

Thank raymondsS891QA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Back to 5,000 years ago, buried a few meters under the soil. Very well organised (maximum 10 persons per visit that should be booked several days/weeks in advance). Guided visit in several languages. Just a warning: the entry is VERY difficult to find if you...More

Thank Bernard M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even if you are not particularly interested in ancient history, a visit to the Hypogeum is one of those experiences that puts history in perspective. It is the most important site to visit in Malta, predating the more glamorous and talked-about Stonehenge and Giza pyramids...More

Thank jilly l
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