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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

Carmous, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
+20 122 707 6302
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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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+20 122 707 6302
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa were not discovered until 1900 when a donkey allegedly fell through a hole in an area of forgotten rubble and landed smack dab in the middle of some of the most famous underground tombs in ancient Egypt. Dating from...More

1  Thank maritimeexplorer
Reviewed 16 August 2017

This was our first stop as part of a day trip from Cairo to Alexandria. Along with Pompei's Pillar, it was also our favorite. We loved the spiral staircase entrance to the tomb and how people would station themselves at the openings so as to...More

1  Thank County-Hunter
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Pro's: Cool history and things to see. The Catacombs are really neat and the combination of Roman and Egyptian history here is great to see. Pay for the tour, it is definitely worth the money to hear the history and have things of significance explained...More

Thank Aly A
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

The catacombs, a great place to see in Alexandria along with Pompey Pillar. If you're looking for a little adventure, kom el shaqafa is the place to go.

1  Thank Sara B
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Discovered by accident in 1900, this place is really unusual as an Egyptian "antiquity". Dating from about 100AD? it consists of a central pit with a staircase down (about 35m) where, at one time, bodies were lowered to be buried. There are several chambers hewn...More

2  Thank Andy F
Reviewed 13 June 2017

There is one main catacomb open at present and it is certainly worth a visit. It is a short walk from Pompey's Pillar, so the two sites can easily be combined into one visit. Like many sites, no photography is allowed.

1  Thank Ken N
Reviewed 11 June 2017

These catacombs are incredible as they have Roman, Egyptian and Greek history combined. It smells wet and damp and is quite small of course, but it is worth taking a look. Has a few windy stairs but nothing too crazy.

1  Thank Brianna O
Reviewed 5 June 2017

as we enter the site its difficult to imagine what lies beneath our feet. once down the spiral staircase of 98 steps u are transported into a world of caves and with purposes as workers dinning, private tombs and public tombs. what surprised me is...More

Thank babuchNashik
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Very quick tour stop in the heart of Alexandria, but well worth it. Go with a knowledgeable guide... ours pointed out how the Greeks tried to blend their customs and styles with ancient Egyptian traditions with somewhat comic results. Not recommended for anyone that isn't...More

1  Thank wake15272
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Photos were not allowed inside during our visit. We were told that policy changes daily; but that aside, the wander down into these catacombs is different to experiences elsewhere. Not so much for bones, but chambers

1  Thank CodyMav
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