A large sinkhole is not a place many would put at the top of a list of things to see in Malta, but if you’re in that breathtaking country and are looking for a very off-the-beaten-path spot to visit (or you just have a thing for sinkholes), look no further.
Il-Maqluba, which means “the upside down” in Maltese, is a 165-foot-wide, 50-foot-deep sinkhole in Qrendi, a very quaint, quiet town located near the Mnajdra and Ħaġar Qim Temples. This fascinating geological feature, located on the south side of the village, was formed in 1343 from either an earthquake or a powerful storm. Legends soon sprung up about its creation, including that a good woman tried to warn the inhabitants of the hamlet that their bad ways must stop, lest God order the earth to swallow them up.
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