Concealed beneath a traditional Maltese farmhouse in Mosta, the Paleochristian Ta’ Bistra catacombs date back 1,700 years. They were built sometime during the fourth century AD and were rediscovered in 1891.
The Ta’ Bistra catacombs are important because they could potentially reveal the burial rituals of some of Malta’s earliest Christian dwellers. They’re the largest set of catacombs that have been found outside Rabat, where the island’s more famous catacombs are located. The site is 300 feet long and consists of 57 tombs laid out in 16 chambers. It was excavated in 1933.
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