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“Amazing - does not describe this place”

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Paola
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Owner description: PLEASE NOTE that this site is TEMPORARILY CLOSED. Tours of the site are therefore currently suspended. 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.
Struer, Denmark
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“Amazing - does not describe this place”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

DO BOOK well in advance - we were there in early July, by then it was booked out till late August.

Really worth going to see. An amazing view into the history of mankind. Very well organised electronic guides

Visited July 2013
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“Amazing Hypogeum”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Visited in July 2013, very eerie and interesting. Hard to believe how old this is and the history behind it. One of the highlights of my trip.

Visited July 2013
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“Awe-inspiring monument”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

These underground temples/ monuments are an absolute must for any culture interested person visiting Malta.
Admission is pricey (currently 20 Euros) and you NEED to book well in advance. There are only around 80 people allowed in per day (to protect the fragile state of walls and paintings) and when we booked one month prior to going, there were only scattered few places left. When we were there, it was completely booked out for the coming month.
For that, you get an hour inside- a very good audio guide is provided. I thought there might be need for some warmer clothes as it is deep underground and caves are usually quite chilly, but this was not necessary.
No photography is allowed, but you will be able to have your camera locked away safely until your return.
A word of warning concerning transport- one of the buses running through Paola (the X3 I believe) stops very early on Paola and then does not stop on two further Paola stops; the next stop is the airport, so doublecheck the stops and don't hang around thinking there will be a closer stop yet coming...the X2 and a couple of further lines do stop closer to the Hypogeum though.

Visited July 2013
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is an expensive site to visit, but unforgettable. Tickets must be booked in advance due to restricted numbers allowed in at each time slot (only 10 or so). The booking site is easy to use, and it is easy to see numbers booked in for each time/day. Only 60 people per day are allowed to visit because of the fragile nature of the site, underground, with too much humidity etc. if unrestricted numbers are allowed to visit. Also, children under 10 are not permitted.

The visit is a guided tour, starting with an audio visual to explain the site, and features a small collection of artifacts.

Then the group goes progressively deeper until you end up about two stories underground. At each stage of the tour, the group stops and is able to view specific areas of the temple.

The hypogeum is actually an underground temple built by prehistoric peoples to store their dead. It is a marvel of engineering, built by people who had no access to metal tools. No one really knows much about the builders, the reason for the constructions or why they suddenly stopped building and disappeared.

It fired our imagination so that we also visited the nearby temple of Tarxien, and the twin temples at Hagar Qim, which were marvellous.

Visited June 2013
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“Almost the Best Anywhere”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Arguably the most amazing man-made site that there is to be seen. Established as a burial site, the detail of an "underground temple" hammered out of solid limestone, pre stone age, defies description. Well presented and organized, pre booking is essential.

Visited June 2013
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