08. 06. 2013.

UNESCO - Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Malta


The Hypogeum is an enormous subterranean structure excavated c. 2500 B.C., using cyclopean rigging to lift huge blocks of coralline limestone. Perhaps originally a sanctuary, it became a necropolis in prehistoric times. It consists pf three levels, with the middle one being most decorated. Amongst the prized finds there was the small clay statuette of the Sleeping Lady.
There is always a sense of yearning when I post about the unvisited Unesco sites, but also a great satisfaction when posting about the visited ones - despite it being an obligatory organised tour the place was very mystycal and rewarding. The little statuette is placed in a museum, even though so tiny it left a lasting impression on me :) alas as most of my postcards from Malta the stamps were left uncancelled...

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