Hypogeum Malta

Helpful Guide to your Hal Saflieni Hypogeum Malta Visit

Date Last Updated: 22nd July 2019

Find out how to visit the Hypogeum Malta. Discover one of Malta's oldest burial ground.

It is also known as Hal Saflieni underground burial site with remains dating back to 4000 BC. It was used for many centuries until circa 2500 BC.

It is a cultural asset of outstanding prehistoric importance. It is the only known subterranean structure of the Bronze Age with three levels underneath each other.

It is an unusual location many people want to visit. Booking recommended months before you come for your holiday. Find out more…

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What do people say about Hypogeum Malta:

"I couldn't quite believe I was standing in such an ancient place, built by people we don't fully understand, who had barely any tools and yet managed to create a decorated temple/tomb that was the resting place for some 7000 people." - 5 Star Review

"We visited the Hypogeum with our 12 and 14 year old kids who loved it. It is not a big space but it is impactful because it brings to life the reality of human existence 6,000 years ago." - 5 Star Review

"We pre-booked tickets on the internet to ensure our visit. Glad we did as they were turning people away when we were there." - 5 Star Review

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Admission to the Hypogeum Malta
Admission to the Hypogeum Malta

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 weeks or months before as you will find that they are booked well in advance. It depends on tourist summer peak times to low season winter times. 

Only 8 groups of 10 person each hourly tours have the possibility of buying a ticket. We suggest that you consider booking the tickets from here. Often fully booked from weeks in advance.

Opening Hours
Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 16:00 (last tour)

Last admission 16:00

Closed on 24th, 25th and 31st December, 1st January and Good Friday.

Info about the Guided Tours
Info about the Guided Tours

Eight Guided tours each day

Last minute tickets are available for Guided Tours at €40 only for the 12:00 and 16:00 guided tours. These are available the day before from Fort St Elmo (Valletta) and the Gozo Museum of Archaeology (Citadel, Gozo).

- Why go through to such a hustle and waste so much time when you can pre-book your tickets from the comfort of your home by clicking this button.

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Practical Information for visitors regarding tickets
Practical Information for visitors regarding tickets

- 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.

- You are advised to wear comfortable shoes especially no slippers since there is high humidity inside the Hypogeum. You will walk on metal walk ways and they might be slippery. Hold well to the handrails and walk slowly. Certain areas might be wet and slippery. No sandals are permitted.

No filming and photography is permitted inside the premise even without the flash.

- If you have backpacks they will be locked up in lockers before you enter the Hypogeum by staff.

Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted inside the premises due to health and safety reasons.

- If there are persons who might be sensitive to claustrophobia they might have some discomfort.

- The audiovisual presentation is accessible to wheelchairs within the Visitors Centre. The Hypogeum Malta archaeological underground temple is NOT accessible to wheelchairs due to its shape.

- For visitors who will not be able to use the audio guide provided at the Visitor’s Centre may request a written copy of the script in English a week before their visit.

- At the entrance there is a small souvenir shop where you can purchase a souvenir.

Hypogeum Malta Tickets prices for Guided Tours
Hypogeum Malta Tickets prices for Guided Tours

- Adults: (18 - 59 years of age) - €40.00
- Children: (6 - 11 years of age) - €20.00
- Youth: (including aged 12 - 17) - €25.00
- Seniors: (60 years and over) - €25.00
- Infants (1 – 5 years) – No admission 

- Tickets purchased are not refundable or exchangeable.

- Bookings are all 100% SECURE

Tickets for Audiovisual Show
Tickets for Audiovisual Show

There is an option to buy tickets for the audio visual 20 minutes show about the site but with no access to the Hypogeum.

- Adults (18 – 59 years): €5.00
Youths: (including aged 12 - 17) - €3.50
Students, Concessions - €3.50
- Seniors: (60 years and over) - €3.50
- Infants (1 – 5 years): No admission

Getting Here
Getting Here

Private Car: By car drive up to Paola. There are signs and look for Hal Saflieni Street lying close to the main Paola Church. Ask around as the people will be very helpful. You have to look around for parking within the surrounding side streets. It is permitted to part within the white parking bays only.

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, 83, 84, 88, 206, X2, X3

- To Valletta: 81, 82, 83, 84, 88

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.

Since the tour will be with a group and a guide they all start on schedule so leave substantial time to get there in order to be on time.

Practical Suggestions
Practical Suggestions

Eating: There are various snack bars in the Paola church area.

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 Temples and Hypogeum are about 10 minutes away on foot from each other where you will also find a stop for the hop-on hop-off route buses apart from bus stops for public transport.
- Do not miss to see the Paola Church a few minutes away from the Hypogeum. iT is usually open in the morning.
- The three cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Bormla. Fortifications and many interesting things to see.

Hypogeum Malta is a unique must see attraction.

What The Hypogeum Consists Of
What The Hypogeum Consists Of

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. It is situated at Paola in Hal Saflieni Street.

Back to 2017 a new visitors center with a small exhibition and audio-visual show was built to enhance the visitors visit to the Hypogeum.

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 buried 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. More about this site which talks about elongated skulls.

A research is going to be conducted by Associate Professor Ronika Power of Maquarie University, Sydney who will work hand in hand with the local curators of the National Museum of Archaeology and the Prehistoric Sites Department of Heritage Malta.

Hypogeum Malta forms part of the UNESCO underground heritage sites.

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