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Reviewed 2 November 2017

The pillars are still intact and décor on the wall as well. But not able to control the waters around the area.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Having tried a few years ago to find the place on our own we gave up. We hired a driver this time to get there through the tiny streets, which was interesting in itself.
Much improvement in the 20odd years since we last visited, and many more tourists than we have seen in a long time.
No cameras are allowed on site, although you can take pictures around the entrance at the end of your visit. The guides inside did keep reminding people ‘no photos’.
Sadly there is water damage at the bottom which restricts viewing, but there are more corridors open to view. It’s a fascinating place with interesting history. Even it’s discovery is a story in itself!
I must confess I did take a sneaky pic or two when no one was looking, I feel that maybe the rule is less to protect the site than to keep the flow of visitors moving!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank 702catherines
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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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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