Hypogeum Tours

Hypogeum Tours

Hypogeum Tours

The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum will be closed to the public between the 9th of September 2015
and April 2016 (with the proviso that this closing date might be again extended). During this period
of time, tours of the site shall be suspended. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, or underground cavity, is a unique monument and a splendid example of architecture in the negative. It was discovered accidentally in 1902 by a stone mason who was laying the foundations of some houses. The Hypogeum consists of halls, chambers and passages hewn out of the living rock and covering some 500m². The rock-cut chambers are of a diverse shapes and sizes and finished to different standards of workmanship.

The complex is grouped in three levels - the upper level (3600-3300 BC), the middle level (3300-3000 BC), and the lower level (3150 -2500 BC). The deepest room in the lower level is 10.6 metres under road surface. The upper level consists of a large hollow with a central passage and burial chambers cut on each side. One of the chambers still contains original burial deposits. 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 one considers that the chambers were meticulously carved using only flint and stone tools. Curvilinear and spiral paintings in red ochre are still visible in some areas. This unique monument is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
To ensure its conservation, the site's microclimate is strictly regulated: temperature, relative humidity and carbon dioxide levels are constantly monitored to ensure the Hypogeum's survival for future generations. A tour of the site starts with a brief introductory exhibition and multilingual audio-visual film focusing on the temple building peoples and the Hypogeum's relationship to Malta's over-ground temple sites. Only a limited number of visitors are permitted to enter each day. Due to the popularity of the Hypogeum, visitors may find it difficult to obtain entrance tickets as there could be a waiting period of up to six weeks.
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Terms & Conditions

Maltassist accepts to purchase tickets to the Hypogeum for clients booking their hotel, apartment or host family through our services. This service is given free of charge. For clients not booking their accommodation through MALTASSIST, there will be a service charge of €15.00.

Payment Terms

Once we have confirmed availability of tickets requested, a PayPal invoice will be sent to you. Payment is to be made as soon as possible. Once we have received payment, we will reserve your tickets and deliver them to your address in Malta the day before your appointed viewing time.


The Hypogeum is NOT suitable for anyone suffering from claustrophobia. Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted to enter. Visitors to the Hypogeum must be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to their appointed time. Late arrivals will NOT be granted access and NO refunds will be made.