Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Paola

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Monuments & Statues
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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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hypnomick
Broxbourne276 contributions
Amazing
Sep 2021
You have to book in advance to come here as they only allow 80 people in per day. Amazing, historic caves that go 30 feet under ground and are 5000 years old. Well worth a visit.
Written 17 October 2021
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JeCCTn
London, UK71 contributions
Impressive and take you to a different world
Sep 2021
The tickets were expensive but it'll go to the maintenance and upkeep, so we were happy to pay for it. Groups are limited to 10, so book in advance. The 'tour' is a guide taking you to different rooms to listen to the audio guide which is provided. Being down there transports you to a different time and different way of life, so it was fascinating. I would have liked to know a bit more about the people who lived around that time and who were buried there.
Written 9 October 2021
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Aldo V
Switzerland16 contributions
Fascinating Visit to the Hypogeum
Aug 2021
At the end of our trip to Malta, we visited the famous pre-historic site of the Hypogeum. The visit is not cheap (at 35 euros per person), but it is very well organized and worth the visit if you like history. Depending on the time of day, we could choose between a visit for maximum 2, 5 or 10 guests; we choose one with 10 because it was more convenient for us.
The location is not obvious, because it's a very discrete building with few signs leading to it, but we eventually found it. It's quite an exclusive visit to such an ancient monument, and cameras are not allowed; all cameras and smart phones must be stowed in a locker at the entrance before descending to the monument. It has a very special atmosphere and was worth the visit.
The only negative part of our experience, which was unrelated to the visit itself, was the online booking at the Heritage Malta website. The website is set up in such a way that it "failed" my transaction to book 2 tickets, but somehow succeeded in debiting my pre-paid Revolut card. I contacted Heritage Malta who said they would refund the money so I could rebook tickets. I rebooked tickets with another card (effectively paying twice for my tickets), but as of today (2 months later), I still have not succeeded in getting a refund from the government of Malta.
Written 26 September 2021
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Chalha123
Bristol, UK186 contributions
Overpriced
Sep 2021 • Friends
Fine but quite overpriced (40 euros) and overhyped. It's an interesting place but we have visited a lot of sites like this, and when compared to other sites in Malta (eg hagar qim/ mnajdra (10 euros)/ other sites around the world (eg pompeii (around 12 euros)) it just doesn't seem worth it in my opinion? Plenty of other interesting historical sights in Malta to visit for a fraction of the price
Written 4 September 2021
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vivien
10 contributions
dont miss visiting this
Aug 2021
i have been to this place twice now and it is brilliant. a bit pricey but amazing. also when you are there go round the corner to tarxien temples
Written 29 August 2021
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Jonathan D
London, UK170 contributions
Amazing, a must
Aug 2021
Ok, tickets are a little expensive and you have to book them in advance (or if you're lucky enough like us you can go down on the day and try and get last minute tickets for that day or the following day at either 12 or 4, only 2 tickets available for each slot, you pay 5euros more per ticket)

But, it's worth it! The site is incredibly interesting and well maintained. Only 10 people per tour so not too crowded either.
Written 11 August 2021
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Morten P
Copenhagen, Denmark346 contributions
It could have been a cool experience
Jul 2021
It was impressive, historic and could have been the perfect experience.
But is really disappointed with the setup, walks around with a guide that does not say anything nor points to what is being said in the audio-guide.
Even 10 people are too many in such a narrow and small place, so you do not get anything out of this magnificent place.
Written 10 August 2021
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Ana F
3 contributions
Magical place
Jul 2021 • Family
A must-have visit when in Malta. It is a magical please that transports you back in time. Very well organized with super friendly staff. We loved it! Just a hint, book it online weeks in advance or you’ll most probably end up paying 50% more on a last minute ticket directly there (if you’re lucky).
Written 27 July 2021
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M M
Dubai1 contribution
A mixed bag
Jul 2021
The Hypogeum itself is wondrous but we found the staff less so. They were bordering on surly. You are given an audio guide that plays automatically as you move round the small site.

Our guide did not seem to appreciate this and we spent a lot of time at one spot when we should have noved on. This got worse when she then got involved with her walkie talkie which kept going off but with deafening white noise, fiddled with her phone before disappearing and being replaced by someone else who could finally show us out.

I came away feeling that more could be made of the site, information wise but would have been happy with welcoming smiles - the lack was in stark contrast to other sites we have visited in Malta.

Don’t let Covid win!

I feel
Written 18 July 2021
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Martin
Aarhus, Denmark6 contributions
Uniquely amazing - the extortionate pricing the only downside
Jul 2021
This was a truly unique and amazing site to experience. A 4-5000 years old, underground necropolis. Speaks volumes of the creativity, artistry and dare I say even intelligence of our prehistoric ancestors.

Hauntingly beautiful, a UNESCO World Heritage Site it would be a shame to leave Malta before visiting.

The only downside is its pricing. It has gone through large renovations was arguably saved by EEA half a decade ago. Now only 10 people are allowed in hourly - only 80 people a day. The price is €35 (!!) per person if bought in advance, €40 if bought last minutes.

It's manageable for a solo traveller, but it's a shame when visiting such a beautiful place is limited to the middle classes and not made available to everyone. A family of 5 would have to pay €115-120 all together.

I hate to end a review of such a magnificent place on a negative note, but compare the pricing to that of world-famous attraction/monuments:

Great Pyramid of Giza: €16
Collosseum: €12
Even he legendary Macchu Picchu: €32

One of the most expensive sites I know of, but that being said; A great experience for me.
Written 13 July 2021
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