Archaeological Sites

The sheer number of archaeological sites on the Maltese Islands sets their history apart from that of other Mediterranean destinations.

One site above all others is special to Malta - the Hypogeum, a labyrinth of underground chambers probably used as both a burial site and a temple. The Islands' temples qualify as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are open to the public.There are megalithic monuments, Bronze Age dolmens, Punic tombs, remains of Roman Villas and traces of prehistoric man, which defy explanation, such as the mysterious 'cart tracks'. For three millennia, from around 5200 B.C., the archipelago was home to a unique, temple-building civilisation. Malta and Gozo's temples are thought to be the oldest free-standing buildings known to man.

A good place to start your tour is at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta or the Hypogeum itself.


St. Paul's Catacombs

St. Paul's Catacombs

St. Agatha Street, Rabat, RBT 2013, Malta St. Paul’s Catacombs is a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up until the 4th century AD. They are located on the outskirts of the old Roman capital Mdina, since Roman law prohibited burials within the city.
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Ta' Bistra Catacombs

Ta' Bistra Catacombs

Triq Francesco Napuljun Tagliaferro, Mosta, Malta Located half way between the ancient town of Melite and the once-important harbour of Salina, the Ta' Bistra catacombs are, so far, the largest set of tombs and catacombs accessible beyond the confines of the ancient city of the Island.
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Ta' Qadi Ancient Temple

Ta' Qadi Ancient Temple

Triq J.F. Kennedy, Buġibba, Malta The tal-Qadi Temple is an ancient site, situated in Saint Paul's Bay, Malta. It was first excavated in 1927 by Sir Temi Zammit.
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Ta` Ħaġrat Temples

Ta` Ħaġrat Temples

St. Peter Street, Mġarr, MĠR 1541, Malta Dating from 3600-3200 BC, the two Ta’ Ħaġrat temples are amongst the earliest temple buildings in Malta and are extremely well preserved.
Tel:+356 21586264, +356 22954000
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Tal-Mintna Catacombs

Tal-Mintna Catacombs

Triq il-Ħaġriet, Mqabba, Malta Tal-Mintna Catacombs in Mqabba were discovered in 1860 by Dr. A Caruana and Captain Strickland. One of the main features of this burial ground is that of detached underground sets of burial chambers grouped collectively next to each other.
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Tarxien Temples

Tarxien Temples

Neolithic Temples Street, Ħal Tarxien, TXN 1063, Malta The Tarxien Temples date from 3600-2500 BC and are the most complex of all temple sites in Malta, consisting of four megalithic structures.
Tel:+356 21695578, +356 22954000
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