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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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| Mohmad said Al halawane, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
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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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"indiana jones"
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"greek and roman"
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"no photos allowed"
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"tourist police"
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"burial place"
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"century ad"
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"seven wonders"
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"egyptian style"
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

Discovered by accident, a donkey fell through a hole in the ground, these catacombs give a nice idea of the funeral rites in Hellenistic Egypt. It was a combination of ancient Egyptian and Greek/Roman. It is not really big, the winding stairs lead to a...More

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

This was our first stop on our Alexandria day trip. We didn't know what to expect but were really impressed by the site. It is a mixture of Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures from the 2nd to 4th centuries. Photos are forbidden and you have...More

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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

The catacombs are definitely interesting and intriguing with their carvings and architecture reflecting the Egyptian influence on the later period Greek and Roman inhabitants of the area; the subsequent cultural mix of all three is in evidence throughout in the catacombs (take special note of...More

1  Thank FareehaM
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 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.

Thank Elizabeth A
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

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 7 April 2018

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

Thank mitchm332
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

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

1  Thank disharan
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 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.

Thank mustusb
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

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.

Thank miraclemine
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

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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nijma
18 March 2018|
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Response from Henry D | Reviewed this property |
The site is not that impressive if you are looking it compared to other sites in Egypt. The reason to see it is because it is one of the best sites of its kind, so you see it to have seen it and to be able to put other... 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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