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Ghar Dalam

Online since: 09. April 2013

Ghar Dalam Cave

In the valley of Dalam, just outside Birżebbuġa, is the cave of Ghar Dalam, which also contains a museum. It is a 144 metre-long, natural karst cave, formed by water. This cave is one of the most important paleontological sites in Malta. The many different strata of rock, which stratified over millions of years, are very interesting and distinct. In the “Cave of Darkness”, bones of animals such as pygmy elephants, bears and hippos were found. One theory to explain the presence of so many bones is that the cave’s ceiling once collapsed from erosion, causing the animals’ remains to be washed in by the rains. The cave was explored back in 1865, but was not opened to the public until 1930. During World War II, the cave served as an air raid shelter. The small museum has information about the cave and displays copies of past artefacts. Many of the original discoveries were stolen in 1980 and still haven’t been found. Outside, there is a small garden with benches. You can only enter the front section of the cave, as the back section is threatening to collapse.

Location and directions: The cave is located outside Birżebbuġa, on the right side, coming from Zejtun. Visitors are likely to miss the right stop, as there are no signs pointing out the cave. It’s best to let the bus driver know in advance, where you would like to get out.

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Region: Birzebbuga
Category: Nature

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