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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, Malta

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is a subterranean complex in Malta that is recognized as a World Heritage Site. Built around 2,500 BC, the hypogeum was originally a sanctuary, but later on became a necropolis. It offers a glimpse at a prehistoric culture from the early antiquity, and is the only known subterranean structure dating back to the Bronze Age.


Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
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The Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni was discovered in 1902 by workers cutting cisterns for a housing project. Since then at least three levels of the hypogeum has been excavated, revealing numerous underground chambers. Scientists have speculated over the use of these different chambers including one which they believed was used for keeping snakes (hence it was called the Snake Pit). The Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni is today one of the major tourist attractions of Malta, attracting much tourist interest. However, due to the fragility of the site, the government of Malta only allows 80 persons per day to enter it. To visit the hypogeum, one has to book well ahead of his visit.

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 4th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, 1 - 5 September, 1980.


Sleeping Lady clay figure from Hypogeum in Hal Saflieni
Sleeping Lady clay figure from Hypogeum in Hal Saflieni
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N35 52 16.824 E14 30 26.604 in the commune of Paola, Malta
Inscription Year: 1980
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III
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