Malta Temples, Tunnels & Catacombs

Malta has beautiful landscapes and attracts many tourists every year. But it's not just above ground that Malta has a lot to offer. This pearl in the Mediterranean Sea also has many interesting sights underground. The temples, tunnels & catacombs of Malta are really worth a visit.

Curious about the underground world of Malta? Feel free to read on and explore Malta underground!

Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum
Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

The Maltese City of the Dead

The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum (Paola) is a large underground structure dating back to 4000-2500 BC. Pulleys and ropes were used to carve the gigantic blocks of limestone. It is suspected that this complex once served as a sanctuary before it became a necropolis in prehistoric times.

The underground cemetery was discovered in 1902 and the remains of about 7,000 people were found. The site is not only home to architectural wonders but also a number of interesting archaeological artifacts that show how people lived during that time.

The Roman Cemeteries in the Catacombs of St. Paul

The Catacombs of St. Paul are a complex of Roman cemeteries linked underground by a maze of tunnels and spaces. This is the largest and earliest evidence of Christianity in Malta which consists of 2 large areas with over 30 hypogea (catacombs). Highly recommended for anyone interested in Roman antiquity.

Catacombs of St. Paul
Catacombs of St. Paul
Inland Sea
Inland Sea

The tunnel filled with water (Inland Sea)

It may not be underground but that doesn't make it any less beautiful. The Inland Sea is a lagoon filled with seawater that can only be reached from the sea through a small natural tunnel of 100 meters long. The tunnel is described by divers as one of the best dives you can make anywhere in the world.

Looking for dwarf elephants in the Għar Dalam Cave

The Għar Dalam Grotis is a remarkable prehistoric cave discovered during the second half of the 19th century. A series of archaeological digs have uncovered bones from long-extinct species such as dwarf elephants and hippos, as well as human utensils and remains that are also the oldest evidence of human presence in Malta.

In addition to a visit to the cave, a visit to the Victorian-style exhibition (one of the last in Europe) and a garden with native plants is also worth considering

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Għar Dalam
Għar Dalam
Lascaris War Rooms
Lascaris War Rooms

In the tunnels of the Second World War

The impressive Lascaris War Rooms consist of an underground complex of tunnels and rooms that housed the headquarters of the island's defenses during World War II. The works had begun secretly in 1940 on behalf of the British and were completed in early 1943. For the works, a number of tunnels that were used as housing for slaves at the time of the hospital brothers were expanded.

After the war, it became the headquarters of the Royal Navy's Mediterranean fleet, which took an active part in conflicts such as the Suez Crisis and the Cuban Missile Crisis. NATO has used this complex as headquarters for 10 years from 1967 to intercept submarines.