Hyphoge Hal Saflieni - A Miracle of Engineering


Hal Saflieni, built by the people of Malta, has some extraordinary acoustic properties. This structure amplifies the voices and that certain frequencies resonate enough to be felt throughout the body.

The Hal Saflieni Hyphoge is a 6,000-year-old underground burial chamber on the Mediterranean island of Malta. Archaeologists believe that this structure was built by the people of Malta and Gozo around 4,000 BC.

It was used "to carry out rituals" (the standard explanation but which - in fact - does not make any difference), being made up of a large network of ridges and corridors. But what attracts the experts in this place is the amazing acoustic properties of this underground chamber.

Among so many rooms and corridors, there is a special room dug in limestone. This is the room that has unique acoustic properties.

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It is known as the "Oracle Chamber" and any sound produced in this room is amplified hundreds of times.

Also, the sounds produced in this room can be heard throughout the structure. According to William Arthur Griffiths, author of "Malta and her prehistoric temples recently discovered," due to these acoustic properties, the oracle's words resonated throughout the structure with a frightening force.

In some places in Hipogeu, sounds of certain frequencies or heights vibrate in bones and tissues just as they vibrate in the eardrum.

    You feel something coming from another world, a feeling you can not define and you are simply transfigured," said Richard Storm, a critic of art and architecture.

Scientists are still trying to find out if the underground structure has been deliberately built to produce such acoustic wonders or if it is an accidental phenomenon.

But if the acoustic properties were deliberately obtained, it means that the ancient engineers in Malta knew something that modern scientists have not yet discovered.

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