Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • James D
    Bere Regis, United Kingdom80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mind blowing
    Just incredible. A civilization many thousands of years ago creating a monument of this skill, effort and complexity. Carving out doorways, pillars and chambers that are in perfect proportions and detail, deep underground into the living rock, using just lumps of rock and antlers as tools, and blazing torches for light. If they were just crude holes it would have been impressive, but the detail and design look almost modern in places. And the thrill of seeing the red swirls of paint that were applied by hands all those thousands of years ago still standing out today, You need to book well in advance - several weeks at least, a few months at times - but there are some last minute tickets released each day for the following day. They come at a premium price, but if that is the only way of getting to see the Hypogeum don't fail to grab your chance.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • bulkington43
    York, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique experience
    Booked up for months in advance online (visitor numbers are very strictly controlled) but we picked up tickets for the following day very easily at Fort St Elmo. I'm glad we did. Older than the pyramids, cut with bone tools, built down several storeys into chambers large and small, thousands of bodies were interred here and then forgotten for centuries. Visiting the hypogeum is a unique experience - don't miss out.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • fairliekid
    Narrandera, Australia110 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing history.
    This was my number one to visit in Malta and it did not disappoint. There is not a lot of signage on the outside. The website advises to book early but I think if you are not going in peak season not as urgent. Lots of history to learn and is quite expensive. No photos allowed as well. This seems negative but really enjoyed the visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Andrew S
    Weston, Connecticut48 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Done But Pricey for What It Is
    I have mixed feelings about this site. The Hypogeum is a one of a kind historic site and the small group tours are well done, but it is VERY expensive and needs to be booked far in advance. It is really interesting and it’s amazing how long it has been there, but so little is known about the meaning of the site, the ochre drawings, etc that it leaves you somehow wanting more. The limited interesting statuary that was found here are kept in another museum. So come to marvel that something like this was created 3-4000BC but be prepared to leave uncertain why it was here and what it was used for. The Hagar Qim to me was more interesting and a much better value.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 October 2023
  • JERSEYGROWN
    324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome, Awesome!
    I Booked online for a specific day and timed ticket about 7 months in advance on the Malta Heritage sight Website. I was in Malta for only 7 days. 20 Euro and well worth it. It starts with a short movie and then only no more than 8 people are led by a guide along small metal walk ramps to a maze of underground rooms, vaults, burial sites, 2-3 floors, cool damp, moisture drips from the walls, your voice echoes in mysterious ways. The sight where the " Sleeping Beauty Statue" in Valetta Museum of Archeology was found. It is kind of eerie down there but in a phantasmal kind of way to see such a structure left preserved over the centuries BC. It ties in beautifully with stone formations and rooms above ground at the other Megalithic Temples of Malta. I went from the Tarxien temples and walked over here. GPS on my phone ran me around in circles but a very nice lady who spoke English pointed the way. Looks like a little residential building but the secrets lie beneath. Bus from Valetta Central station- 7 day bus pass got me there. Great local neighborhood to eat. No pictures allowed. A must to see if you are in Malta on land and or cruise ship.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Clive T
    Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom374 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A neolithic stunner
    A neolithic treasure. Tucked away of the main street and they restrict entry. You have to book well in advance so not crowded. All excavated by men armed with stone and antlers - and the red ochre ceiling decoration is amazing.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 October 2023
  • Sharon H
    London, United Kingdom33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Real history
    The accidental discovery of the Hypogeum under the busy streets in Paola seems to be a well kept secret. Discovered shortly before the tomb of Tutenkhamun and as old as Stonehenge, it was an exciting opportunity to see some real history. A well narrated sound track, small group size and the silence of the underground tomb, make this one not to be missed
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Ronald R
    Stromness, United Kingdom269 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    INCREDIBLE site, inspiring and intriguing, there will always be questions
    Get your tickets from Heritage Malta, a few months before you go to get the best price 35 euro possibly. We didn't but managed to get the 50 ones by the skin of our teeth, mind you we still think it's well worth the money. A totally unique and inspiring site in the world not just Malta, the layout of the neothlithic creation is just stunning. The three levels are individually impressive and collectively, literally almost out of this world. Your group will be small no more than ten, 70 a day max to try and help preserve this masterpiece of prehistory. It's advisable make sure you get there 15/20 mins before your hourly slot. This is to make sure that you have time to sort your stuff into lockers etc, no mobiles or cameras are allowed and you will be removed from the tour if you try. We had a tour guide and the audio guide as well which filled in the detail and the guide pointed out the main points. The roof decor is so clear and in flickering torchlight it would be moving and circling in a way to leave you in awe, i imagine that would be the intent but who knows? There are steps etc but plenty of handrails to assist you way along, most of the area is on walkways to protect the fabric of the Hypogeum. The bus stop nearest is Ipogew and we used the 180 from Valletta to get to Paola, but we did visit Tarxien temples before our Midday slot here. It is also well worth a visit. The small shop in the reception was very good as well. The reception area is also small but then again only a max of 20 people at a time would be expected. Do not miss this place if you are in Malta and have any interest in prehistory
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Twomaples
    443 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No photos
    Well organized with lockers for your cameras etc. Prepared audio-visual presentations were quite effective and I liked how the images wrapped around the second room so everyone could enjoy it, not just the "people in front". Hand held speakers were a bit awkward, perhaps lanyards could be supplied. The site was fascinating and the info given just enough and useful. But our guides were world-weary and there was no energy from the front desk. Suggest pairing this with the Tarxien Temples, a short walk nearby.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 February 2024
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BrunoGunn
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Hypogeum was one of the most amazing architectural sites I’ve ever seen in my life. To think that the civilization dug down into stone and created such a network of rooms and architecture is astonishing.
Written 25 February 2024
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Twomaples
Canada443 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Well organized with lockers for your cameras etc. Prepared audio-visual presentations were quite effective and I liked how the images wrapped around the second room so everyone could enjoy it, not just the "people in front".
Hand held speakers were a bit awkward, perhaps lanyards could be supplied.
The site was fascinating and the info given just enough and useful. But our guides were world-weary and there was no energy from the front desk.
Suggest pairing this with the Tarxien Temples, a short walk nearby.
Written 12 February 2024
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OntarioCanuck1
Georgetown, Canada4,077 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very interesting part of Maltese history, the ramps and stairs make access to underground possible. Presentation with movies and audio guide good but an earpiece would be better to allow holding on to railings more secure. NO PHOTOGRAPHY!!! Disappointing not sure why , just make sure no flash or offer photo tours. Book ahead.
Written 7 February 2024
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Ronald R
Stromness, UK269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Get your tickets from Heritage Malta, a few months before you go to get the best price 35 euro possibly. We didn't but managed to get the 50 ones by the skin of our teeth, mind you we still think it's well worth the money. A totally unique and inspiring site in the world not just Malta, the layout of the neothlithic creation is just stunning. The three levels are individually impressive and collectively, literally almost out of this world.

Your group will be small no more than ten, 70 a day max to try and help preserve this masterpiece of prehistory. It's advisable make sure you get there 15/20 mins before your hourly slot. This is to make sure that you have time to sort your stuff into lockers etc, no mobiles or cameras are allowed and you will be removed from the tour if you try. We had a tour guide and the audio guide as well which filled in the detail and the guide pointed out the main points. The roof decor is so clear and in flickering torchlight it would be moving and circling in a way to leave you in awe, i imagine that would be the intent but who knows? There are steps etc but plenty of handrails to assist you way along, most of the area is on walkways to protect the fabric of the Hypogeum. The bus stop nearest is Ipogew and we used the 180 from Valletta to get to Paola, but we did visit Tarxien temples before our Midday slot here. It is also well worth a visit. The small shop in the reception was very good as well. The reception area is also small but then again only a max of 20 people at a time would be expected. Do not miss this place if you are in Malta and have any interest in prehistory
Written 26 November 2023
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Gill M
Exeter, UK141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
What an amazing place. The carved rooms are astounding. The whole experience is something remarkable. Have never seen something like this. Do book your ticket!
Written 6 November 2023
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aysteph
Malmesbury, UK33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Cynical pricing given that “ last minute” tickets are €50 each and in November only last minute tickets available for next 14 days. That is an extra €60 euros (senior tickets) for a couple over the “ normal price”. Moreover, the Heritage Malta All Sites Pass does not cover the Hypogeum. There are far more interesting places in Malta. Why so much for “last minute” when clearly they are not “last minute”.
Written 6 November 2023
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Sharon H
London, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The accidental discovery of the Hypogeum under the busy streets in Paola seems to be a well kept secret. Discovered shortly before the tomb of Tutenkhamun and as old as Stonehenge, it was an exciting opportunity to see some real history.

A well narrated sound track, small group size and the silence of the underground tomb, make this one not to be missed
Written 5 November 2023
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Seasonedtraveller142
London, UK250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I have been wanting to visit this neolithic site for years. It is housed in a modest building on a typical, quiet street. Inside, the exhibit itself is visited using a gently sloping, elevated walkway. Group size is restricted to 10 per hour and this feels about right: 6-8 would be perfect. I did not find it claustrophobic, helped by the carefully controlled, ambient temperature. The rock carving is exqusite and there are some small sections of painted ceiling surviving.

I booked this site six months in advance, even before I booked the flights! (I had to cancel an earlier planned holiday 4 years ago as no tickets were available. Whilst tour operators gobble up a lot of tickets, you can find slots online available for individual travellers.
Written 26 October 2023
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Clive T
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A neolithic treasure. Tucked away of the main street and they restrict entry. You have to book well in advance so not crowded. All excavated by men armed with stone and antlers - and the red ochre ceiling decoration is amazing.
Written 17 October 2023
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JERSEYGROWN
324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I Booked online for a specific day and timed ticket about 7 months in advance on the Malta Heritage sight Website. I was in Malta for only 7 days. 20 Euro and well worth it. It starts with a short movie and then only no more than 8 people are led by a guide along small metal walk ramps to a maze of underground rooms, vaults, burial sites, 2-3 floors, cool damp, moisture drips from the walls, your voice echoes in mysterious ways. The sight where the " Sleeping Beauty Statue" in Valetta Museum of Archeology was found. It is kind of eerie down there but in a phantasmal kind of way to see such a structure left preserved over the centuries BC. It ties in beautifully with stone formations and rooms above ground at the other Megalithic Temples of Malta. I went from the Tarxien temples and walked over here. GPS on my phone ran me around in circles but a very nice lady who spoke English pointed the way. Looks like a little residential building but the secrets lie beneath. Bus from Valetta Central station- 7 day bus pass got me there. Great local neighborhood to eat. No pictures allowed. A must to see if you are in Malta on land and or cruise ship.
Written 9 October 2023
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