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MU explores, documents & publicises national subterranean, archaeological, and fortification heritage - to foster a better understanding, and to improve their protection & preservation. • Do NOT enter sites that are closed, derelict, dangerous or otherwise off-limits. Always explore SAFELY! • Do NOT share location specifics to vulnerable sites publicly, i.e.

⚠️ [Sliema] Serious concerns re. a single access TUNNEL to serve 800 parking spaces in an underground lot for 234 new fl...
27/02/2024

⚠️ [Sliema] Serious concerns re. a single access TUNNEL to serve 800 parking spaces in an underground lot for 234 new flats in a substantially expanded, 28-storey development.

Sliema residents worry that Townsquare's single entry/exit point tunnel will be a disaster

[Birzebbuga] Accomplished Roman engineering, evident in a large, flat-roofed underground water CISTERN, forming part of ...
26/02/2024

[Birzebbuga] Accomplished Roman engineering, evident in a large, flat-roofed underground water CISTERN, forming part of Ta' Kaccatura villa complex [in ruins].

The Roman cistern at Ta’ Kaċċatura, located near the outskirts of Birżebbuġa, is a significant example of Roman engineering and water management practices in Malta. This cistern, a marvel of architectural design, illustrates how the Romans conquered Malta's arid challenges by creating vast underground reservoirs. The sheer volume of it must have taken considerable effort to excavate, which leads some archaeologists to believe that this was also used as one of the building’s primary quarrying sites.

📌 [Mellieha] This small, atmospheric CAVE lies close to the 1716 Westreme BATTERY [peeking out above], which serves as a...
25/02/2024

📌 [Mellieha] This small, atmospheric CAVE lies close to the 1716 Westreme BATTERY [peeking out above], which serves as a Tunnara Museum* today. • Google Maps labels it as 'Guzman' Cave, but I have been unable to verify that name in other sources. • *Museum of traditional tuna fishing; opening times not stated. © Marc Zimmermann

🔦 WW2 Mystery/ Identification Needed. 🔎 This sturdy, trapezoidal concrete base measures ca. 1.8m long and 30cm thick. It...
24/02/2024

🔦 WW2 Mystery/ Identification Needed. 🔎 This sturdy, trapezoidal concrete base measures ca. 1.8m long and 30cm thick. It features a T-shaped groove; the top bar [left] being wider than the vertical section. • Did this support a gun, or rangefinder, or similar? • It sits [unprotected] outside a WW2 observation post. • The slab may have shifted since; the top of the T originally likely pointed towards the sea/ enemy. • I'm aware of one other example only [both l/o Mellieha], but I am certain there were/ are more. • Your input [preferably with source/ link] is appreciated. © Marc Zimmermann

📍 [Paola] Consider the skills and tools needed 6,000 years ago to carve this impressive underground CHAMBER from the roc...
22/02/2024

📍 [Paola] Consider the skills and tools needed 6,000 years ago to carve this impressive underground CHAMBER from the rock, in the Hal Saflieni HYPOGEUM.

🇬🇧 Here we see the most iconic room in the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum. This room was likely carved to mimic contemporary above-ground structures. Some walls were also painted with red ochre, which is not the only pigment used in the Hypogeum. Traces of other colours, such as yellow, black and white, were also found on the walls of the site.

Due to conservation issues, only ten people are allowed inside the Hypogeum per tour. If you’d like to book a tour in this magnificent site, all you need to do is visit our website: https://heritagemalta.mt/explore/hal-saflieni-hypogeum/

🇲🇹 Hawnhekk naraw l-iktar kamra ikonika tal-Ipoġew ta’ Ħal Saflieni. Din il-kamra aktarx tnaqqxet b’dan il-mod biex tirreplika l-ġewwieni ta’ strutturi kontemporanji fuq l-art. Uħud mill-ħitan inżebgħu bl-okra ħamra, imma din mhix l-unika żebgħa li ntużat fl-Ipoġew. Traċċi ta’ lwien oħra, bħall-isfar, l-iswed u l-abjad, ukoll instabu fuq il-ħitan tas-sit.

Għal raġunijiet ta’ konservazzjoni, għaxar persuni biss jistgħu jidħlu fl-Ipoġew f’daqqa biex jiddawru mas-sit. Jekk tixtieq tieħu tour f’dan il-post mill-isbaħ, kulma trid tagħmel hu li żżur is-sit elettroniku tagħna: https://heritagemalta.mt/explore/hal-saflieni-hypogeum/

📍 [Gozo] A different angle of Ghar Mixta, from deeper within the CAVE, towards Ramla Bay.
21/02/2024

📍 [Gozo] A different angle of Ghar Mixta, from deeper within the CAVE, towards Ramla Bay.

Ta' Mixta Cave - Gozo

[Xaghra, Gozo] Informative, detailed write-up on XAGHRA CIRCLE, a large, prehistoric underground BURIAL COMPLEX. • Manag...
20/02/2024

[Xaghra, Gozo] Informative, detailed write-up on XAGHRA CIRCLE, a large, prehistoric underground BURIAL COMPLEX. • Managed by Heritage Malta; not accessible to the public.

The Xagħra Circle is regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites in Malta. The Neolithic funerary complex, located in Xagħra, Gozo, 400 metres from the Ġgantija Temples, has existed since time immemorial. Yet for many years this area baffled those trying to relocate it. That’s because after being discovered and initially excavated in the 18th century, it was soon after refilled and forgotten.

THE XAGĦRA CIRCLE - AN INTRODUCTION

The only clues left were two illustrations (one is pictured). Eventually, the area was reidentified in 1964 and excavated again. That’s when important discoveries were made that have given us an insight into the lifestyle of the first Mediterranean communities and the culture of the first inhabitants of the Maltese Islands.

They also revealed the remains of one of the largest funerary complexes in the Mediterranean, and led to a better understanding of the society who built Malta's megalithic temples.

A wealth of human remains together with other impressive stone and clay sculptures were unearthed. The most unusual and remarkable of finds was made in 1991 with the discovery of an exiting series of stone figures, which Kappa Vision photographed. Some scholars believe these could have been used for ritual purposes. Without doubt, their discovery reawakened the enigmatic allure of this prehistoric burial site.

AN APPRECIATION FOR OUR LOCAL HERITAGE

There is no doubt that the most important and impressive of the archaeological monuments that mark the Maltese landscape are the megalithic temples.
Xagħra must have been one of the earliest spots to be inhabited on Gozo. The Ggantija temples at Xagħra outdo all the others, even their counterparts in Malta. In spite of this, we Maltese and Gozitans have for generations grown with these constructions at our doorstep and haven’t always appreciated their value.

THE XAGĦRA CIRCLE IN MORE DETAIL

The Xagħra Circle is a prehistoric underground burial complex situated some
400 meters to the west of Ġgantija Temples. It was very likely used by the same prehistoric community that built Ġgantija Temples nearby but unlike the contemporary Megalithic Temples where no burials were found, the Xagħra Circle was used for funerary purposes.

The Xagħra Circle is also known as the Xagħra Stone Circle and the Brockdorff Circle.

ARCHITECTURE AND USE

Xagħra Circle consists of a series of natural and man-made underground chambers, but a number of collapses throughout the site’s history have made it appear like a large hollow in the landscape. It was used for burial throughout Malta’s Temple Period (4100 to 2500 B.C.) and originally a circle of megaliths ran round the perimeter of the site. The caves collapsed some time before 2000 B.C.

The Xagħra Circle was first used in the Żebbuġ phase when burials were limited to a rock-cut tomb and some chambers. In the Ġgantija phase more of the cave was utilized for burial, whilst in the Tarxien phase the site was made to look more monumental with the construction of the stone circle around the site and the use of megaliths (large stones) within the cave system.

RECORDING, EXCAVATION AND REBURIAL OF THE XAGĦRA CIRCLE

The site was first recorded by a Frenchman, the painter and engraver Jean-Pierre Houël in 1788. Houël was probably the first writer to illustrate the Ġgantija temples as well. He was at the court of Louis XVI of France on whose behalf he undertook a tour of Sicily and its minor islands, which he described and illustrated by means of engravings in his monumental Voyage Pittoresque (1787). Houël seems to have been more fond of Gozo and more appreciative of its singular remains than any other writer before him, because he also describes extensively and illustrates with a full-page engraving the remains of a circular megalithic wall which was destined to become a landmark in prehistoric archaeology of the late 20th century, the Xagħra Circle.

In 1820, the site was cleared by Colonel John Otto Bayer. Otto Bayer excavated part of the complex through a collapsed cave roof.

Charles Frederick de Brocktorff painted twenty watercolour paintings, including ones showing the site during this excavation, including one which shows a man climbing out of the cave holding a human skull. The series of watercolours is preserved in the National Library in Valletta bound together with other watercolours in a magnificent volume (Brocktorff 1849).

Following this excavation the site was reburied by the late 1830s, and used again for agriculture. The two monumental pillars which formed the circle's entrance still stood in 1828, but they were subsequently removed. As a result the site was lost and forgotten over time.

REDISCOVERY

The complex was relocated and rediscovered by the Gozitan researcher Joe Attard Tabone in 1964.

It was again excavated between 1987 and 1994 - the third archaeological campaign - by a joint team from the University of Malta, the Maltese Museums Department and the University of Cambridge. The excavators had to remove all the backfill of the huge hole that had been dug in the centre of the Circle in 1820. The excavation confirmed beyond doubt that the circular field being excavated was indeed the one that had been illustrated by the two watercolours signed by Charles de Brochtorff in 1829 (1849), and previously by Jean-Pierre Houël in his Voyage Pittoresque (1787).

NINE UNUSUAL, STONE FIGURES - SHAMAN’S CACHE

Nine unusual, ancient stone statuettes were discovered, found together in a heap on the floor at Xagħra Circle, thought to have been originally bound or wrapped together with a perishable material such as animal skin. Carved out of limestone, they stand out because they are completely different from the typical works of the period. Today they are on display at the Gozo Archeaological Museum at the Ġgantija Temples, a short distance from where they were unearthed. The remarkable figures are known as the 'Shaman's cache’, and their discovery reawakened the enigmatic allure of this prehistoric burial site.

When taking a closer look at them, their shapes contrast with the usually rounded human figures of the period. They are built small enough to carry around. All are different and some seem incomplete. Eight of them are anthropomorphic representations, while one resembles some sort of animal.

Six of them have an average height of 20cm and a human head on top of simplified body. One of them has a headband and two have skirt-like garments with vertical creases, although none have any visible sexual characteristics.

The smaller ones differ. One is standing on a sort of column, another rests on two legs and the third, perhaps the most peculiar, has what looks like the head of an animal on top of a small stand.

None of the statuettes are free-standing. It is thought that they would be pressed into the earth or soil to stay upright.

So what was their use? Some scholars believe that they could have been used for ritual purposes, but no one has yet identified their true meaning or function.

HOW THE XAGĦRA CIRCLE DIFFERS

The Xagħra Circle is the only stone-enclosed hypogeum in Europe, and the only prehistoric necropolis in Malta which was properly excavated. It has some similarities to the Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni, a prehistoric funerary complex on mainland Malta. However, Ħal-Saflieni is a man-made carved structure, while the Xagħra Circle consists of a series of natural caves which were adapted into a cemetery, used to bury the dead, and which were surrounded by a walled enclosure. No records were kept when the human remains and artifacts were cleared in Ħal-Saflieni in the early 20th century.

The Xagħra Circle was the burial ground of the same community which built the nearby Ġgantija temples, which is now well-preserved. Several other temples might have stood in the vicinity, including at Santa Verna (where a few megaliths, which are probably the remains of an important temple, were found) and Ta' Ġesù. Parts of the Xagħra Circle remain unstudied, and efforts were made to preserve the complex, since it is fragile and prone to collapse.

Excavations at the Xagħra Circle have shown that the bodies of the deceased were dismembered, and the different body parts were buried at separate places.

A WEALTH OF DISCOVERIES

While in the latter part of this article we focused on the stone statuettes of Shaman’s Cache, they are just a small part of what was discovered at Xagħra Circle. About 220,000 human bones belonging to between 450 and 800 individuals were uncovered during the excavations, along with some animal bones.

The human remains archive was further analysed as part of the FRAGSUS ERC Advanced Project, headed by Dr. Caroline Malone, and published as volume 3 of the Fragsus Monographs. Dr. Caroline Malone and Dr. Simon Stoddart’s remarkable work also made it possible to extract a DNA from three individuals, showing that people originated from the eastern Mediterranean area as well as from the Adriatic-central Europe area in the third millennium B.C. The new work also examined the 11,000 teeth recovered in the excavations and identified a range of pathologies and health issues in the prehistoric population. The isotopic studies indicated changing dietary and climatic conditions and linked with broader changes in the local environment.

CONCLUSION

The wealth of human remains together with other impressive stone and clay sculptures unearthed have helped shed important light on both Maltese prehistory and that of the Mediterranean.

In 2006, after travelling many thousands of kilometres to exhibitions in different cities of Europe, the statues, together with other important finds from the most recent excavation, were put on permanent display in the newly refurbished galleries on the ground floor of the Gozo Archaeological Museum at the Ġgantija Temples a short distance from where they were unearthed.

THE XAGĦRA CIRCLE’S NEED ATTENTION & BETTER PRESERVATION

The Xagħra Circle site is on government-owned land. Up until a few years ago, Kappa Vision understands it was being managed by Heritage Malta. We took photos of it 7 years ago and again now. Although we only published a photo of how the circle was 7 years ago, it is clear to us and anymore who stops to take a look at it today that the site has been lying abandoned for several years, protected only by a very simple rusty, bent and precarious perimeter fence. Where before it used to be open to the public, and later open by appointment only, it is not open in any way anymore nowadays.

The remains have Class A protection.

Photo Copyright © Kappa Vision / Jean-Paul Borg.
References:
- Anthony Bonanno, “A focus on Gozo - Research on prehistoric and Roman Gozo: Past, present and future,” University of Malta Gozo Centre, 1996;
- Ministry for Gozo & Visit Gozo, “Ix-Xagħra - Heritage trail,” Rural Development Programme for Malta 2007-2013;
- Caroline Malone et al., “Island questions: the chronology of the Brochtorff Circle at Xagħra, Gozo, and its significance for the Neolithic sequence on Malta,” 19 February 2009.
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[Unidentified Malta] SCH documented this rather intricate and well-preserved CHAMBER TOMB [age tbc]. • Its footprint loo...
19/02/2024

[Unidentified Malta] SCH documented this rather intricate and well-preserved CHAMBER TOMB [age tbc]. • Its footprint looks a lot like that of the tomb discovered near Qormi and subsequently 'buried' beneath the Centerparc shopping complex [tbc]. • Source page: https://schmalta.mt/archaeological-monitoring-3/

📌 [Xemxija] View through a narrow, T-shaped observation slot and GUN PORT into a sturdy WW2 concrete 'Pill Box' OBSERVAT...
18/02/2024

📌 [Xemxija] View through a narrow, T-shaped observation slot and GUN PORT into a sturdy WW2 concrete 'Pill Box' OBSERVATION POST. • Facing predominantly north towards Mellieha, Selmun, and [crucially] enemy plane approaches from Sicily. • Note two further such slots/ports in the opposite wall. • This pill box is securely gated to prevent vandalism, but it can be appreciated from the outside. © Marc Zimmermann

🔦 [Vittoriosa] Two more historic water CISTERNS were recently rediscovered during excavation for resurfacing works in Vi...
17/02/2024

🔦 [Vittoriosa] Two more historic water CISTERNS were recently rediscovered during excavation for resurfacing works in Victory Square. • This particular cistern appears to be relatively compact and topped by a fairly coarse masonry barrel vault. It lies quite close to the footprint of the lost Medieval watch/clocktower. • Note also the small vent opening at the front. © Marc Zimmermann

[Undisclosed Gozo] Eroded, picturesque WELL HEAD incorporated in an overgrown drystone field wall.
15/02/2024

[Undisclosed Gozo] Eroded, picturesque WELL HEAD incorporated in an overgrown drystone field wall.

A well in a rubble wall - Gozo
Happy Sunday to all!!

[Undisclosed Malta] Surveying an historic water CISTERN.
14/02/2024

[Undisclosed Malta] Surveying an historic water CISTERN.

Heritage Surveying ❤️

😮 Map of GRAVEYARD distribution and density across Central Europe, incl. over 1M sites.
13/02/2024

😮 Map of GRAVEYARD distribution and density across Central Europe, incl. over 1M sites.

This map by looks like a simple population density map showing where people live but it's the exact opposite as it shows graveyards across Europe. Source: https://buff.ly/42rKeD3

📍 [Xlendi, Gozo] A different perspective of the shallow Karolina CAVE, used ad a boat shelter. • For an historic view, s...
12/02/2024

📍 [Xlendi, Gozo] A different perspective of the shallow Karolina CAVE, used ad a boat shelter. • For an historic view, scroll back to my 31/01 post.

The cave at Xlendi Bay - Gozo.

🔦 [Floriana] Nighttime view of an intriguing, half-buried COUNTERMINE. • It was a listening tunnel to detect enemies try...
11/02/2024

🔦 [Floriana] Nighttime view of an intriguing, half-buried COUNTERMINE. • It was a listening tunnel to detect enemies trying to dig their way past the defence lines. Leading underneath the Lunette serving as an 'outlier' defence bastion of the Crowned Hornworks [built 1670s]. • Sadly, unlike in this photo, this tunnel mouth is often used as a dumping ground for large amounts of trash. ⛔️ Caution: This highly constricted space is not safe to enter. © Marc Zimmermann

★★★★½ [Book Review] *Sewer* by Jessica Leigh Hester | Bloomsbury Publishing UK 2022 | 188pp, few b&w ill., pb, £9.99 | r...
10/02/2024

★★★★½ [Book Review] *Sewer* by Jessica Leigh Hester | Bloomsbury Publishing UK 2022 | 188pp, few b&w ill., pb, £9.99 | reviewed by Malta Underground
• Caution, gutter talk ahead! • Science Journalist Hester takes on the tall and unenviable task of wading through key sewerage infrastructure, old and new, to present us with an Object Lesson [from a growing series] in civic engineering marvels, unglamorous yet intriguing wastewater disposal history, and fascinating implications on public health and society. • While fairly compact, this book manages to delve quite deep into numerous related aspects. • Unlike other titles on the subject, *Sewer* goes beyond an exploration of the vast, marvellous brick tunnel networks and ornate Victorian pumping stations in London, Paris, Rome, Chicago, and Cologne. • Hester further uncovers community health implications in sewage, incl. the tracing of pandemic markers, highly indicative remnants of drugs such as M**h, fates of microplastics, encountering vast fatbergs [stay with me] and yes, p**p. • Highly accessible and far [enough] from being gross, the lessons herein, on what we dump down the drain, which way super sewers are going, the people who work in this essential industry, and past to future sewers, are always engaging. • The only quibbles I have are the poor contrast of the too few photos and the lack of a dedicated bibliography. • Now, take off your wellies and mask for some safe armchair travels through the sewers and their towering significance. • I'm certain you'll be equally fascinated and appalled. And, while odourlessly contained within these pages, that's not a bad thing at all. • Recommended. • See also www.bloomsbury.com

📍 [Rabat] The striking St. Paul's CATACOMBS, a series of 30+ individual underground burial hypogea dating to Malta's Rom...
09/02/2024

📍 [Rabat] The striking St. Paul's CATACOMBS, a series of 30+ individual underground burial hypogea dating to Malta's Roman era.

St. Paul's Catacombs is a remarkable archaeological site in Malta. Dating back to Punic, Roman, and Byzantine times, these catacombs are the earliest and largest evidence of Christianity on the island. With over 30 hypogea, the complex boasts interconnected underground cemeteries, adorned halls, and ancient murals.

Find out more here ⤵️
https://heritagemalta.mt/explore/st-pauls-catacombs/

📍 [Xwejni, Gozo] Rock-cut Salt Storage CHAMBERS in use near the historic local salt pans.
08/02/2024

📍 [Xwejni, Gozo] Rock-cut Salt Storage CHAMBERS in use near the historic local salt pans.

Leli Tal-Melh - Xwejni salt - Gozo.

📍 [Paola] The 6,000yo NECROPOLIS in the basement. • Irreversibly damaged during residential construction works in 1902 w...
07/02/2024

📍 [Paola] The 6,000yo NECROPOLIS in the basement. • Irreversibly damaged during residential construction works in 1902 when the accidental discovery of this immensely significant heritage site was not reported to the authorities, and basement excavation continued unchecked.

🇬🇧 The discovery of the Hypogeum occurred accidentally as construction work was taking place during the late Victorian period. This discovery was not immediately reported and by the time the authorities were informed, the construction of several townhouses had been completed. This meant that some of those living in these townhouses had access to the upper level of the Hypogeum from their basement! Four of these houses were demolished in the 1990s to ensure the preservation of the site.

If you are interested in visiting this magnificent site, you may purchase your tickets from our website: https://heritagemalta.mt/explore/hal-saflieni-hypogeum/

🇲🇹 L-iskoperta tal-Ipoġew seħħet ta’ bla ħsieb, minħabba xogħol ta’ kostruzzjoni li kien qiegħed isir lejn tmiem il-perjodu Vittorjan. Din l-iskoperta ma ġietx irrappurtata mill-ewwel u sakemm ġew infurmati l-awtoritajiet, il-bini ta’ diversi djar kien diġà tlesta. Dan ifisser li wħud min-nies li kienu jgħixu f’dawn id-djar kellhom aċċess għal-livell ta’ fuq tal-Ipoġew mill-kantina tagħhom! Erbgħa minn dawn id-djar twaqqgħu fid-disgħinijiet biex tiġi aċċertata l-preservazzjoni tas-sit.

Jekk int interessat li żżur dan is-sit mill-isbaħ, tista tixtri l-biljett tiegħek minn hawn: https://heritagemalta.mt/explore/hal-saflieni-hypogeum/

🔦 [Floriana] Entrance to a compact, private WW2 air-raid SHELTER, cut into a bastion wall just outside the town. • Now w...
04/02/2024

🔦 [Floriana] Entrance to a compact, private WW2 air-raid SHELTER, cut into a bastion wall just outside the town. • Now well concealed by cascading plants, incl. blossoming bougainvillea. © Marc Zimmermann

🔦 [Dingli] The rather well-concealed Ghajn tal-Hasselin is a natural SPRING emerging from a long, constricted Water Gall...
03/02/2024

🔦 [Dingli] The rather well-concealed Ghajn tal-Hasselin is a natural SPRING emerging from a long, constricted Water Gallery. • It terminates in an historic underground WASH HOUSE [behind this dark archway] before spilling out into a pond [foreground] to eventually run off into a small valley. • This water source has been active and locally significant for centuries. • It lies in the grounds of Djar il-Bniet for which Francesco Gatto was granted a barony way back in 1350. • Also surviving on the grounds are the historic residence and a 1669 chapel. © Marc Zimmermann

📍 [Gozo: Dwejra] Somehow, I tend to think of the natural TUNNEL connecting the Inland Sea with the open Med as a compact...
02/02/2024

📍 [Gozo: Dwejra] Somehow, I tend to think of the natural TUNNEL connecting the Inland Sea with the open Med as a compact, perhaps five-metre tall fissure in the rock. • However, it descends so much deeper below the waterline. Atmospherically captured by the great belowesealevel.mt

Passing through the Inland Sea tunnel in Dwejra, Gozo.

📍 [Gozo] Abandoned, intriguing CHAMBER of undetermined age built into the steep side of Wied il-Ghasri [valley] . • Was ...
01/02/2024

📍 [Gozo] Abandoned, intriguing CHAMBER of undetermined age built into the steep side of Wied il-Ghasri [valley] . • Was this used as a store room or a beach hut for the narrow and pebbly but picturesque inlet? Let us know if YOU know more.

The pebbly beach at Wied il-Għasri Bay is quite small and can only accommodate a few bathers - and maybe this, together with the fact it can only be accessed through hundreds of steps, adds to the charm of one of ’s most fantastic bays.

WIED IL-GĦASRI IN GĦASRI, GOZO

Seemingly coming straight out of a postcard, the bay is the crown jewel of Għasri valley, a breath-taking, narrow cove with crystal clear waters. Għasri Valley’s winding inlet creek is approximately 300 metres long and 300 steps down, with rugged high cliffs on both sides. The blue waters of this secluded beach have their source at Dbiegi Hill and go to the open sea with plenty of marine life, especially on the cliff sides.

Għasri Valley has calm waters and is truly a unique and beautiful hideaway. The valley is a marvellous country walk or cycling site especially in winter and spring. The sea around the area is popular with both snorkelers and divers who come to explore the underwater caves, especially the famous Cathedral Cave, located between Reqqa Point and Forna point. Some salt pans are present at Wied il-Għasri, too.

Photo Copyright © Kappa Vision / Jean-Paul Borg.
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