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Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Paola

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#13 of 123 in Historic Sites in Island of Malta
World heritage site · Ruin · Monument
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Venture into one of the very few accessible underground prehistoric structures in the world at Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. The elaborate system of subterranean chambers dates back to around 3,000 BCE and is on the World Heritage List. The site was presumably once an underground sanctuary that later turned into a necropolis. See the distinctive architecture and red ochre paintings on the walls. The site includes a visitor center that offers multimedia presentations and information about the structure and the lost civilization that built it. Due to its layout, the necropolis is not wheelchair accessible and people who suffer from claustrophobia might feel uncomfortable inside the chambers. Make a reservation online in advance, as the site is popular and space is limited. Make Hal Saflieni Hypogeum a part of your Paola vacation plans using our Paola trip itinerary planning website.
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  • Excellent tour, well timed audio guide adds drama to the experience. Booked ~ 1 week in advance on line. 
    Excellent tour, well timed audio guide adds drama to the experience. Booked ~ 1 week in advance on line.  more »
  • Good tour. Lasts about 1 hour. You should book your tickets online well in advance. In the summer you might need to book 3 months in advance. They only let 10 people in at one time so you do get... 
    Good tour. Lasts about 1 hour. You should book your tickets online well in advance. In the summer you might need to book 3 months in advance. They only let 10 people in at one time so you do get...  more »
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  • I strongly advise against ... Disappointment. We are in August 2022, we bought tickets the day before for two people 100 €, the expected tour was supposed to last one hour, it ended in 35-40 minutes (because even the phones were not allowed to be taken in your pockets. You are not allowed to take pictures. frightening too nervous. Too many places for visitors, you cannot turn around because people are standing tightly next to each other. Too little light. Not a big object. The famous sculpture of a sleeping woman is not only here elsewhere ... The road to this monument is 58 (if there are no traffic jams) minutes by an overcrowded city bus with views of industial sites and ugly buildings ... There is nothing else to visit on site, the cathedral, which is not far away, is closed.In the photos, the streets leading to the Hypogeum and the Cathedral and the street with bus stops ...
  • Truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Although the exact story of this place is still to be found out the visit is unforgettable. You will enjoy it even if you're not the greatest history buff. Visits and # of visitors are strictly limited so you'd have to get your ticket well in advance. If you want "last minute" ticket(s) the premium hotels charge is 100-150% of the already expensive ticket prices. I'd still say it'd worth it. Cell phones, cameras strictly prohibited so you'd have to be really creative if you want to take pictures. (Not exactly recommended.) The ticket price includes audio guide which is OK, more than nothing. Info system needs improvement to say the least. No live guide(s). Staff is less than knowledgeable and they are pretty ignorant. Security guards are responsible to turn on/off the lights as a visitor group passes. And actually that's all they could and able to do. Verdict: don't miss it.

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