National Geographic : 1940 Aug
Wanderers Awheel in Malta 267 Photograph by Burton Holmes from Ewing Galloway Underground Streets and Tunnels Honeycomb Malta Many subterranean passageways, including ancient catacombs, now are a part of the island's fortifica tions and defense system (page 258). Supplies are kept in many tunnels; others are bomb shelters. Beneath Valletta some of the underground areas serve as homes for the poor. Prehistoric man built temples and chambers in these vaults. In a pit beside one sacrificial altar lie thousands of human skeletons. Years ago one could walk underground from one end of Malta to the other. The Government closed the entrances to these tunnels after school children and their teachers became lost in the labyrinth while on a study tour and never returned (page 272).