Archaeological Sites

TAL-MINTNA CATACOMBS

Triq il-Ħaġriet, Mqabba, Malta

Tal-Mintna Catacombs

Although originally unconnected to one another these three separate hypogea have now been interconnected to form one larger complex. Like similar small clusters found in the vicinities, the interior excavation is made up of small galleries and oven shaped tombs, carved out on both sides of the passageways. At Tal-Mintna Catacombs the ritual table known as the "triclinium" table dominates the whole configuration of the crypts. It is suggested that the latter was used by the mourners to celebrate a banquet or feast for the dead. These burial chambers are quite richly decorated; elaborately carved scallop-shell decorations can be seen on the conchs of numerous window tombs frequently accompanied by a number of decorated pilasters flanking the entrance of the said window tombs. Eight pyramidal shaped 'lamp-holes’ can also be seen opposite the agape table.

This site is open by appointment only.

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