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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

Mohmad said Al halawane, 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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"spiral staircase"
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"burial chamber"
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"middle ages"
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"burial site"
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"above ground"
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"no photos allowed"
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"greek roman"
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"seven wonders"
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"century ad"
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"egyptian style"
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"take pictures"
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"worth a visit"
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"entrance fee"
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

When you enter the gates of this place, you only see broken statues and sarcophagus lying around. It is difficult to understand as to why the guide has brought us here. Later when you go inside you see a circular structure. As you descend down...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

It is one of the largest Roman Cemetery that well preserved in Egypt .The necropolis consists of a series of Alexandrian tombs, statues and archaeological objects of the Pharaonic funeral cult with Hellenistic and early Imperial Roman influences.

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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

This site isn’t large, but it’s worth the effort of seeing it. No photos are allowed in the catacombs. There’s a large spiral stairwell descending, but the steps are shallow. Watch your footing the floor is uneven and it isn’t well-lit. Some beautiful and interesting...More

1  Thank S. R. K
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

These are fairly small roman catacombs compared to those found in other European cities. The most interesting part is the original family tomb, where that are statues and sarcophagi of a father, mother and child, along with relevant statuary and murals of Egyptian motif. The...More

1  Thank Richard D
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Wow what an amazing site. You climb down the spiral staircase and enter the catacombs. Our guide explained how the bodies were brought down a shaft and then put into the crypts. No photos were allowed to be taken inside the catacombs but it wasn’t...More

2  Thank Fay O
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

Not just the rain dampened my expectations. Truthfully, it wasn't worth even going to. There was little to see for all the effort getting down . I am game to go see any site. Was utterly disillusioned!

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Reviewed 30 January 2018

A must visit if you are in Alexandria. Different from the catacombs of European countries. The sculptures, paintings, inscriptions are a beautiful blend of Greek Roman and Egyptian era. A tour guide is definitely needed if you wish to understand the history behind the architecture....More

2  Thank SRJ2212
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

This underground structure goes three levels down and contains some of the fascinating underground tombs to be seen ever. They were built to serve as a burial ground for mostly Romans and you can see Egyptian style of architecture also. Do visit this place if...More

1  Thank mandarjoshi137
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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

This site is certainly amazing with a lot of fascinating history. However if you are expecting it tombs that are as incredible as the tombs in Luxor then you’ll need to moderate your expectations. These were created at the end of the pharaonic period so...More

2  Thank Matthew P
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

After enjoying all Egypt has to offer from their great civilizations, take a tour of the Roman era catacombs. Amazing to think it was carved from rock and marvel at how the different levels of society were prepared for the everlasting and their final resting...More

1  Thank Jack M
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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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Response from Tarek O | Reviewed this property |
From 9 am till 4 pm
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