Il-Maqluba (in English literally translates to "The Upside-down") is a natural hole formed by the collapse of the limestone strata below its surface. It is a sink-hole which serves to collect rainwater and therefore maintains underground water supplies.

Since its formation occurred during the Middle Ages, Il-Maqluba is surrounded with legends.

Legend says that a cluster of terrible people lived together in a settlement where now is Il-Maqluba. God warned the hamlet, through a good woman living close by, against their shocking ways.

As the bad people did not listen to these warnings, god commanded that the land swallow the hamlet, sparing none except the good woman. Angels were then dispatched to dispose of the village by throwing it away at sea. Legend therefore tells of the formation of the island of Filfla, just off the south west coast of Malta.

Author: Philip Axiaq