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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

Alexandria 21599, Egypt
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An ancient circular staircase leads down into these tombs that were tunneled into the bedrock during the age of the Antonine emporers (2nd century AD).
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an important relic of the Greco-Roman period which reflects how important honoring the dead still was in Egypt. The catacombs go on and on.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Catacombs bring many images to mind, typical the christians in Rome. These are not like those really.

Thank Catherine C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The catacombs once filled with treasures of the dead now contain only the sarcophaguses, sea water has infiltrated the site in decades past an annualy in winter. The interior was carved out of solid rock, columns, etc., rather than digging a hole and bringing materials...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this as a part of the Alexandria day tour with Emo tours. The story behind the discovery of these tombs is very fascinating. On the inside though, it's kind of gloomy and freakish, just to imagine them coming down here to bury/ cremate...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a great structure built under the ground as burial places for Egyptians in Alexandria. Beautiful carvings. Must visit for tourists. Mustafa.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very interesting to know how the ancient made this burial chambers..the tunnels, the holes undergrounds, the drainage, the craved.. it feel great to witness this visible evidence where three cultures, three arts and three religions ; Egyptian, Greek and Roman; were superimposed upon Egyptian soil.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful tomb plus community burial sites. Unfortunately, no photos allowed. Interesting to see how coffins are lowered into the tombs, and to learn how multiple bodies have been stored in smaller places (sort of like New Orleans cemetery). Beautiful carving and color....More

Thank Kathykayc
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must visit while in Alexandria.. you should see this place to see the planning and futuristic thinking of the Romans. Ancient multilevel tombs taking less of space.. see the amalgamation of greek Romans and Egyptian cultures. Unfortunately photos are not permitted while you walk 3...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These are unbelievable! the store behind them and how they were created was fascinating! Some catacombs feel so enclosed that they are difficult to maneuver in. Not these. And to be able to see so much of them. Highly recommended!

Thank JaniceMcD
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing at all for regular people. Only broken remnants. Only good for historians or archeological people. We were bored. No audio given no guide. No boards to tell visitors about it

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Response from selvakumar2015 | Reviewed this property |
A little cleaning and a lot more respect to THEIR OWN history and perhaps their origin will make this historical site a lot more attractive. Our Guide Shri.Mohammad of South Sinai Tours and Travels was also lot more... More
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Yes, they are open.
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Response from Tarek O | Reviewed this property |
From 9 am till 4 pm
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