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Hypogeum in Malta

The hypogeum is a subterranean cave system near the small village of Hal Saflieni, near Paola. Workers discovered the facility by accident in 1902, while building a cistern. The numerous rooms are spread out on three levels and are interlinked by stairs and walkways. Clay vessels and jewellery such as the “Sleeping Priestess” were found there. In addition, the bones of about 6000 people were discovered. The facility was dated between 3200 and 2400 BC.

Apparently, the great number of visitors (particularly their sweat!) has caused some damage to the complex. To prevent further damage, the facility was modernised and a rule permitting only a limited number of visitors was implemented. Now, only eight groups with ten people each can visit the hypogeum per day, so it is nearly impossible to get into the caves without pre-booking. In summer, you may have to wait for weeks before you can get tickets, while in winter, only a few people come to visit the hypogeum.

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Short info:

Region: Paola
Category: Temple

More information:
Guided tour: The number of tickets are very limited. We recommend that you book the tickets as soon as possible.

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