Hypogeum Malta also known as Hal Saflieni, is an underground temple dating back to the Copper Age between 4000 BC and 2500 BC. It is a cultural asset of outstanding prehistoric importance. It is the only known example of a subterranean structure of the Bronze Age. It is situated at Paola in Hal Saflieni Street. There are three levels underneath each other.
It was discovered by accident in 1902 by a stone mason who was building the foundations of some houses. Immediately the Museums Department of the time took action where they discovered a wealth of archaeological material.
In recent times the houses above this monument have been removed and a small exhibition and audio-visual show is presented to visitors before they actually enter the site. It is to be noted that the glass wall that surrounds the upper level is a type, which protects the site from certain climate changes that might occur as the years go by.
The upper level is a burial complex where rock was dug out to form burial chambers. Here, remains of more than 7,000 human bones were discovered. The bodies were burried with various ornaments. Stone implements, flint tools, stone, alabaster and clay statuettes, and a great variety of personal ornaments like shell beads and precious stones were found
The middle level consists of various chambers very smoothly finished, which give the impression of built masonry. The workmanship is all the more impressive when it is considered that the chambers were meticulously carved using only flint and stone tools. Impressive spiral paintings in red ochre are still visible in some areas.
One of the niches in the 'Oracle Chamber' has the characteristic of echoing deep sounds. The carved facade is magnificent and the quality of its architecture is in a remarkable state of preservation.
The chamber known as the Holy of Holies is a huge sculptured area, which looks very much like the megalithic temples built above the ground.
The Hypogeum is on one of UNESCO underground heritage sites.
For those who love history Hypogeum Malta is a must. So if you intend travelling to Malta you have to book much in advance, at last a couple of months before as you will find that they are booked well in advance.
Only 10 person per tour per hours have the possibility of buying a ticket to see the museum. So we suggest that you book the tickets from officially website of the museum.
When will Hypogeum reopen?
Hypogeum Malta reopened on the 15th May 2017
- Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 16:00 (last tour)
- Eight Guided tours each day
- Last minute tickets are available for Guided Tours at €40. These are available the day before from Fort St Elmo (Valletta) and the Gozo Museum of Archaeology (Citadel, Gozo).
- Last admission 16:00
- Closed on 24, 25 and 31st December, 1 st January and Good Friday.
Tickets prices for Guided Tours
- Adults: (18-59 years of age) - €35.00
- Children: (6 - 11 years of age) - €15.00
- Youth: (inc. aged 12 - 17) - €20.00
- Seniors: (60 years and over) - €20.00
- Infants (1 - 5 years) - No Admission
Tickets for Audiovisual Show
- Adults: (18-59 years of age) - €5.00
- Children: (6 - 11 years of age) - €3.50
- Youth: (inc. aged 12 - 17) - €3.50
- Seniors: (60 years and over) - €3.50
- Tickets purchased are not refundable or exchangeable.
Tours start exactly on time. It is important that you arrive 15 minutes before. If arriving exactly on time you might be refused.
It is a one hour tour. It starts with a small exhibition and a video and then leads into the monument itself with an audio tour. With lighting and music effects it really takes you into a mystic tour giving you an experience not to be missed. You are taken round to all levels. A well worth experience.
Getting there: By car drive up to Paola. There are signs and look for
Hal Saflieni Street lying close to the main Paola Church. AS around as the
people will be very helpful. You have to look around for parking bay withing
the surrounding side streets. It is suggested to part within the white parking
Public Transport: Follow the signs from the bus stop. It is around 5 minutes walk away from the Paola Parish church.
- To Ħal Saflieni: 81, 82, 84, 85, 88, 206
- To Valletta: 81, 82, 84, 85, 88
Eating: There are various snack bars in the Paola church area.
Hop-on hop-off Routes: The Red South Route for both sightseeing operators namely Malta Sightseeing & City Sightseeing Malta pass from here with a stop at the main road a munuite walk to the visitors centre.
Surrounding Villages: Paola and Tarxien are two villages attached to each other. Other villages in the vicinity which encircle the area, Fgura, Luqa, Marsa and the three cities, Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Bormla.
Cultural Attractions: The Tarxien Temple is about 10 minutes wall away where you will also find a stop for the hop-on hop-off route buses apart from bus stops for the buses.
Do not miss to see the Paola Church.
The three cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Bormla. Fortifications and many interesting things to see.
Hypogeum Malta is a unique must see attraction.