Discovered in 1860 by Dr. A Caruana and Captain Strickland, Tal-Mintna Catacombs in Mqabba has one of the main features that is its detached underground sets of burial chambers grouped collectively next to each other. Though initially unconnected to one another these three separate hypogea have now been interconnected to form one larger complex. Just like similar small clusters found in the vicinities, the interior excavation is made up of small galleries and oven shaped tombs, carved out on both sides of the passageways. The ritual table known as the "triclinium" table dominates the whole configuration of the crypts. Some suggest that the latter was used by the mourners to celebrate a banquet or feast for the dead.
The burial chambers at Tal-Mintna Catacombs are quite richly decorated; elaborately carved scallop-shell decorations can be seen on the conchs of numerous window tombs frequently accompanied by a number of decorated pilasters flanking the entrance of the said window tombs. 8 pyramidal shaped ‘lamp-holes’ can also be seen opposite the agape table.
The catacombs are open by appointment only.
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