The Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni

The Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni is a Neolithic subterranean structure dating to the Saflieni phase (3300 – 3000 BC) in Maltese prehistory, located in Paola, Malta. It is often simply referred to as the Hypogeum (Ipoġew in Maltese), literally meaning “underground” in Greek. The Hypogeum is thought to have been a sanctuary and necropolis, with the remains of more than 7,000 individuals documented by archeologists, and … Continue reading The Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni

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The Great Sphinx of Giza

When most people refer to “the Shinx”, they are usually talking about the Great Sphinx of Giza (أبو الهول‎ — ʼabu alhōl in Arabic,  which translates in English as “The Terrifying One”, literally: “Father of Dread”). Commonly referred to as the Sphinx of Giza or just the Sphinx, this is a limestone statue of a reclining creature with the body of a lion and the head … Continue reading The Great Sphinx of Giza