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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 | Mohmad said Al halawane, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
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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

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank SylvanoT
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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank FareehaM
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.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Elizabeth A
Reviewed 11 April 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Catherine C
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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Mitcheal M
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

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank disharan
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.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank mustusb
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.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank miraclemine
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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Kathykayc
Reviewed 31 March 2018 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

Date of experience: March 2018
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beaglefiend
7 December 2018|
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Response from Diafricana | Reviewed this property |
The catacombs shouldn't take more than one hour. And yes, you pay a fee that is not much... Cant remember exactly how much it was... We went with family and friends and didn't walk to Pompey's Pillar, but definitely enjoy... More
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beaglefiend
7 December 2018|
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Response from MarkT25_UK | Reviewed this property |
An hour should be more than enough for the catacombs, depending on how long you have to queue (you'll probably only be inside for 20 mins, 30 at most). I didn't go directly between them and Pompey’s Pillar but I don't think... More
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Response from MarlineKhalil | Reviewed this property |
a couple of hours is a good time. Actually don't remember how far it is from the catacombs as we had a car then..sorry can't tell if it is a walking distance or not
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