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“Real Catacombs”

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
Ranked #5 of 53 things to do in Alexandria
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Owner description: 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).
Reviewed 26 October 2017

The Catacombs of Kom El Shuqafa are reached through a spiral staircase encircling a shaft down which the bodies of the deceased were lowered.
This staircase leads to a large central shaft that mainly functioned both for transporting the dead bodies to their graves and ensuring there is good ventilation in the burial chambers.
The central shaft links, through a passageway, to a circular courtyard that leads in turn to another important hall of the catacombs that was used for the funerary rituals carried out in the honor of the deceased which occurred in some special days that were considered sacred by the cult.
This hall also hosts three benches that have the letter “U” shape and were cut out of rock and positioned in the middle of the hall where a wooden table must have stood during the Greco Roman period but it was never found afterwards.
In the same section, there is the Hall of Caracalla which is named, according to the traditions, after the remains of the young Alexandrian Copts who were killed due to the orders of the Roman Emperor in 215 AD and they were buried in this location of the catacombs.

Thank Ahmed H
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

You walk down a bit to get into the catacombs. You can't take pictures. It was nice to get out of the heat and even though I'm a bit claustrophobic, there is a shaft of light most of the time there so I had no problems. It was definitely interesting. Our alexandria guide did a good job explaining how they used them. The lower level was flooded, though, and we weren't able to go all the way down.

Thank XerkUSA
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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

If the city did more work and research, a lot of Greek / Roman sites from the Ptolemies era could be found under the concrete. A few kilometers from the corniche, a taxi will take you there for the outrageous price of 50LE while a local would go for half. A fascinating mix of Greek and Pharaonic art is displayed down the catacombs and you can see.some excavation still has to be done as well as pumping out the water that floods some of the most interesting area. Beware of the corrupted guards which will try to force you into a 10 minute 'tour' allowing you to take pictures and then try to charge you while making you feel guilty for Accepting to take pictures. As is the norm in Egypt, the other locals are truly friendly and trustworthy but any official is a thief unless proved otherwise.

2  Thank en_voyage_300_600
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Really worth the time to visit. It won't take long. The resting place of the dead for some time for inhabitants of the Egyptian part of Alexandria.

Thank Ripwalk
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Difficult to get to, definitely need a guide. Interesting history with the donkey and all.

There is a statue of Marc Antony, ask your guide if they know where it is.

Thank Ashraf M
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