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“incredible - worth the strange booking hassle”

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Paola
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed February 9, 2014

at first the strange booking appears unnecessarily complicated and the price too dear. until you go and see for yourself how important it is to preserve and protect this weird place. very easy to reach by bus. include the nearby temples at the same time.

3  Thank whitnells
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

When visiting Malta, your stay will not be complete unless you visit this site which is thousands of years old.

Please make sure to book you visit in advance and intake is limited.

1  Thank Illetrop
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

We took the bus especially from Valletta, walked up to the entrance to the Hypogeum, looked at the price and along with around 6 other people, we walked off to catch the bus back to Valletta.

We didn't even bother going inside, you can learn most of it's history in other museums and if you want to see vast underground catacombs, there's St Paul's catacombs near Mdina/Rabat (get the 3 in one "Rabat tour" ticket for 12 Euro).
A massive jump from the 3 to 9 Euro for other attractions around the island.

I'm sure it's a great attraction, but there's no way is it 30 Euro's great. Do the maths, what's better? 10 people paying 30 Euro each, or 50 people paying 15 Euro each?

Rather spend the money on fancy restaurant (which is what we did).

1  Thank Birchy36
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We should have booked on line before we left for Malta, but we didn't and therefore we paid 30 euros each which is the price if you book at the last minute. It was a wonderful experience. We were guided by a very helpful woman who warned us in advance of any potential ambulatory difficulties, which was greatly appreciated by those of us who were not 100% sure of foot. The tour begins with an informative presentation and then you proceed to visit the different areas of the temple which were carved from the rock with bones and basic tools and you cannot imagine how such intricate and detailed works could possibly have been created with such basic tools. Wonder after wonder reveals itself as you tour the Hypogeum. Early roof paintings, a rock temple, nooks and crannies. It was a marvellous visit.

5  Thank Christine E
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

The excursion lasts 45 minutes. It's boring enough, they failed to make a good interesting action. There is smell of mould and damp since there is very high humidity inside. I can't understand how the staff work there all the day. Half of our group was Japanese. Others were Germans, Russians, and British. We were followed by a guide (a local woman). She gave us electronic devices to listen to a story about the Temples. There were only the devices with Maltese, English, German, Italian, French, and Japanese languages. No Spanish, Russian, Dutch and Chinese... the lowest level was closed since it's dangerous to go there. There was not questions&answers session. The guide didn't told anything. You should just listen to the device. At the begining of the tour they showed a film about the Temples. It's very dark inside so it's difficult to see everything well. There was a little number of suveniers. Only cards with photo of the Temples and several silver craftworks.

1  Thank Exhausted24
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