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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: 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.
Reviewed 30 August 2014

This is my favorite site in Malta -- it's so old and the spirals on the ceiling were so enigmatic..it made me very curious about them. I would have loved to have stayed in it longer as well as experience it in complete silence, too.

Definitely book it in advance.

Thank Ashley01010101
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

I found this place simply looking for things to do in Malta. I reserved our tickets a couple of months in advance. It was amazing to see prehistoric artifacts so well preserved and get a glimpse into the lives of the people so many centuries ago. Definitely go see this!!

1  Thank mellie_mcg
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

This series of underground chambers was cut with antler horn and stone tools by a Neolithic people who far antedate the Pyramids or their Orkney contemporaries. It dates back to about 3,600 BCE, was used for burials, has substantial remnants of red ochre decoration and is in part shaped so as to look like a built temple, with uprights and lintels. The 'Malta Insight Heritage Guide' by Anthony Price is well worth reading.

It is vital to book well in advance as only ten people are admitted at a time in an attempt to limit damage from condensation etc. Groups are led round by a uniformed guardian; the staff at the entrance are the experts for questions. The choreographed subdued lighting is effective and the headset commentary (available in many languages) as you progress from point to point on the walkways is sensible and informative. The visit starts with an excellent small exhibition followed by a video film that was badly projected so that the screen appeared almost blank at times, but this should be no deterrent: this is a unique and extraordinary place, a must for any visit to Malta .

1  Thank DavidJFPollock
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We were fortunate enough to secure tickets to visit whilst in Malta, there are a few tickets available on a first come first served basis the day before, with the rest booked up some way in advance, there were already only tickets for pre-booking from 2nd Oct as at 17th Aug, so as previous reviews have indicated book early. The visit is commenced with a visual presentation and commentary in desired language via handheld speaker before the descent in the hypogeum itself. Amazing to consider that this was excavated with primitive stone and horn tools and although the trip is in subdued light to help preserve the site this in many ways adds to the realism of what it would have been like to be involved at the time. The whole visit lasts approx 50 mins and limited to 10 per scheduled visit, but something you are not going to experience elsewhere and worth the time and cost.

Thank Ray P
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

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.

1  Thank Valcairos
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