Booked ahead, on-line (via the Heritage Malta website) because it is almost impossible to see the Hypogeum otherwise. There are only ten visitors allowed at each time slot, so no overcrowding. It was very atmospheric and even a bit spooky in places. The lighting is kept on a very subdued level to prevent the growth of algae, so you need to watch your step in places. A film tells the history of the site before the visit commences, however I feel that the lighting for that should have been better - but at least it prepares you for the low levels of light to come. As well as the guide who accompanies the group, everyone is given an audio guide, which automatically starts at each section entered - so no need to press any buttons. We were very pleased to have had the opportunity to see such a unique place, and were full of admiration for the people who had built and decorated the Hypogeum. As no photography is possible we would certainly recommend the Insight Heritage Guide Book available on site, as it gives a good selection of photographs as well as a full description of the site. Although it would not be practical to take on the tour, we felt it gave an even better appreciation and enhanced our memories, when we read it later.
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