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“Stunning history”

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
Ranked #5 of 53 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
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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 18 November 2017 via mobile

You want believe it till you see it.. mixture of history. Don’t go without a guide. No camera is allowed.

Thank Salim A
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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

Really good to see. Just add it as part of a city tour as it is quite a small site.
I found it interesting, but was disappointed you are not allowed to take photos....

Thank Robyn B
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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.

Thank fth0mps0n
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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!

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.

Thank Ahmed H
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