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Tal-Mintna Catacombs

Tal-Mintna Catacombs present a number of burial chambers where people used to perform rituals centuries ago

Tal-Mintna Catacombs were discovered in Mqabba in 1860 by Dr. A Caruana and Captain Strickland.

These Catacombs contain a number of detached underground sets of burial chambers grouped collectively next to each other. Originally separate, these three catacombs are now connected to form one larger complex.

Like similar small clusters found in the vicinity, the interior is made up of small galleries and tombs carved out on both sides of the passageways. The ritual table known as the "triclinium" table dominates the complex.

The burial chambers are richly decorated and carved scallop-shells can be seen on a number of window tombs many times accompanied by decorated pilasters flanking the entrance of each tomb. Eight triangular recesses for oil lamps are pierced in the wall opposite the agape table.

The Tal-Mintna Catacombs in Mqabba are open by appointment only. To arrange a visit to these sites please phone 356 2295 4000 or contact

Mqabba Temple Historical site Tal-Mintna Catacombs, Kirkop Road, Mqabba, Malta UNESCO site ? no Open by appointment only. Website +356 2295 4000
Adults (18 - 59 years): €5 Students (12 - 17 years), Senior Citizens (60 years and over): €3.50 Children (6 -11 years): €2.50, Children under 5: Free
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