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Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Burial Street, Paola, Island of Malta PLA 03, Malta
+356 2180 5018
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As everybody is advised, we booked our tour in advance - we were lucky, we booked just 3 weeks in... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
bauontheroad
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Graz, Austria
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Fascinating Visit

The Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni is a Neolithic subterranean structure dating to the Saflieni phase... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2018
Paul G
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Nuneaton
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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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"book well in advance"
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"world heritage site"
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"heritage malta"
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"above ground"
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"visitor numbers"
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"underground site"
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"unique site"
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"no photos allowed"
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"thousand years"
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"burial chamber"
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

As everybody is advised, we booked our tour in advance - we were lucky, we booked just 3 weeks in advance. Normally you won't get tickets for about at least 5-6 weeks ahead. Entrance is not cheap (€35,-), but still worth it if you care...More

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Reviewed 2 March 2018

The Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni is a Neolithic subterranean structure dating to the Saflieni phase (3300 – 3000 BC) in Maltese prehistory, located in Paola, Malta. It is often simply referred to as the Hypogeum (Maltese: Ipoġew), literally meaning "underground" in Greek. The Hypogeum is thought...More

2  Thank Paul G
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

Absolutely fabulous. Could not believe how they built this decades before. Atmosphere strange as all air conditioned to keep pristine. Amazing well worth the price.

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

We read the reviews on TripAdvisor, so we were aware we had to book in advance. We we went to book online, the only available option said "audiovisual" and had a picture of a headphone. We thought that meant some kind of audio-visual tour with...More

5  Thank 832rubent
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

When we last visited Malta in 2012 there was no online booking facility and so we didn't visit because of the difficulty in obtaining tickets. This time I was able to buy tickets online before our trip and was pleasantly surprised to discover that over...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Didn't know what to expect but it was a pleasant surprise and something quite unique. You have to plan and book ahead

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Reviewed 10 February 2018

See it. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site that gets you thinking about early civilizations in a very unique way. Do not miss this insight into Malta’s amazing history. Some TA reviewers appeared to have expected Disneyland. It's not Disneyland. It's a really old hole...More

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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

Indeed it worths the visit considering its age. However, I would recommend it without any second thought, had the ticket been of up to 20 euros. 40 euros I paid (last minute ticket from the war museum in Valetta) is a lot of money, which...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

We made a special weekend trip back to Malta to visit the Hypogeum, as we'd been unable to get tickets for it when we were there last year - and it was absolutely worth the whole trip. An astonishing underground site, excavated by hand from...More

2  Thank mijif
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

I was initially surprised at the €40 entrance fee and was sceptical it was going to be value for money. We booked early as instructed and headed to the place 2 days later. You can book on line or at Fort St Elmo. We entered...More

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