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Prehistoric Malta

& the 1800.00 Euro pizza

Tarxien temple

Tarxien temple


Expensive pizza

Expensive pizza


This morning I went to the town of Paolo to visit the Hypogeum, a stone age underground tomb that dates back to 3,500 BC. It was amazing. There are 3 levels of tombs carved out straight of the rock using only tools fashioned from bone and rock. I am not talking small graves but passages & chambers cut straight into the rock covering 500m2. Again these pre-date the pyramids and are among the most important prehistoric sites on the planet. To me these were as fascinating as the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Tickets to the Hypogeum must be pre-booked, usually 2 months in advance. Only 60 people are allowed to enter daily to preserve the atmosphere of the fragile environment.

After the Hypogeum I visited the nearby Tarxien temples. It was thought the 2 structures were connected. The above ground temples were for the living to worship whilst the underground tomb was for burial.

This afternoon I watched a 45 minute film on the history of Malta.

For dinner I had a wood fired Margherita pizza from a Neapolitan qualified pizza chef. So good, especially the slightly charcoaled base. When browsing the menu I almost fell off my chair when I came accoss a pizza for 1800.00 Euro. Apparently it is in the Guinness book for most expensive pizza.

Tonight I have a late flight to Athens. I have absolutely loved my short time in Malta. Like Jordan it it not a destination that is often talked about but is definitely worth a visit.

Posted by adtamo 08:41 Archived in Malta

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