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n. pl. hy·po·ge·a (-jē′ə)
1. A subterranean chamber of an ancient building.
2. An ancient subterranean burial chamber, such as a catacomb.

[Latin hypogēum, from Greek hupogeion, from neuter of hupogeios, underground; see hypogeal.]


n, pl -gea (-ˈdʒiːə)
(Architecture) an underground vault, esp one used for burials
[C18: from Latin, from Greek hupogeion; see hypogeal]


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n., pl. -ge•a (-ˈdʒi ə)
1. the underground part of an ancient building, as a vault.
2. an underground burial chamber.
[1700–10; < Latin hypogēum < Greek hypógeion underground chamber, n. use of neuter of hypógeios; see hypogeal]
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Furthermore, the island is also home to the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, the only known prehistoric underground temple in the world.
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Gaze with wonder at the Azure Window, a huge natural arch in the sea cliffs, visit the architecturally stunning St John's Co-Cathedral or see the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a 6,000-year-old subterranean structure, and the Tarxien Temples.
The Hypogeum site in Malta, a temple discovered by accident in 1902, only allows 60 visitors per day and is a clear example of where the government is forgoing substantial revenue in order to protect the site.
3 HAL SAFLIENI HYPOGEUM Burial Street, Paola THIS World Heritage Site is real Indiana Jones material
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They watched them running and shrieking and chasing each other and hiding behind the columns of the huge porticoed hypogeum which led into the grotto with the stalactites, under the domes where everything echoed like in an empty room.
The third World Heritage location, the 5,000-year old Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is the only prehistoric underground temple in the world.
That saddled sky that shook down vertical Repeated play of fire--no hypogeum Of wave or rock was good against one hour.
Another underground complex, the Hypogeum, only allows a few visitors in every day and is booked up months in advance - book as soon as you book your flights for any chance of a ticket.