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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

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Address: Carmous, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
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An ancient circular staircase leads down into these tombs that were...

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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Toms with fusion of cultures

Southwest of the city, in the Carmous district are catacombs from the 2nd century AD hewn from the rock on the southern slopes of a hill. They offer a remarkable example of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Mayur S
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The story goes that a donkey fell down a shaft, which lead to the discovery of this ancient burial site. Many artifacts are on display at the street level before going underground to visit the tombs. It's a steal of a deal to see this magnificent middle ages site. It's just a short walk from the library.

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Alexandria to visit the great library (a must visit for sure!) and decided to take a side trip to the catacombs. So glad we did! It was definitely the highlight of our trip. We had an amazing guide who walked us through the various layers, gave us the astounding history of the place. There are no bones... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa is a fascinating archaeological site considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. It's basically a cemetary consists of a series of tombs, statues and archaeological objects of the Pharaonic funeral cult. A circular staircase, which was used to transport deceased bodies down, leads down into the tombs that were tunneled into... More 

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Peshawar, Pakistan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After we were told catacombs would be next on our tour i thought of it as a simple place or plain tombs underground but was amazed and engrossed in its unique beauty and ancient design once i visited it.One cant find perfect greek,roman and egyptian mixture anywhere else and the way it was built leaves you in awe as how... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The history of the catacombs in Alexandria is interesting with layers of ancient Egyptian, Greek & Roman graves having been a part. However, because most of the stone & wooden caskets are now in the Cairo museum the remaining empty spaces are not as impressive. The remaining engravings are nice and show the age of the site. The building themselves... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to visit such a great architechtueral place. It"s a underground beauty of great architech design. Moreover, it's a place of dead man or woman where they were washed and make them mummy stage by stage.Once it was a one of the wonder of the world.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Southwest of the city, in the Carmous district are catacombs from the 2nd century AD hewn from the rock on the southern slopes of a hill. They offer a remarkable example of the fusion of Egyptian and Greco-Roman styles. There are several levels of sarcophagi and shelf tomb chambers. A spiral staircase leads down into the ground to the main... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

On the surface there are several empty tombs. Its the one deep underground that is the main attraction (from the gate LHS with round roofed modern structure). It was 2pm in early Dec, the day feels short and I happen to be alone down the stairs 4-5 stories deep to the tomb. Honestly its creepy... because its dim, and all... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

The Catacombs were the first stop of my day trip to Alexandria from Cairo with a private guide. I arrived at the Catacombs at around noon on a Thursday and there were less than a dozen other visitors there. My guide told me that cameras were not allowed in the Catacombs. My guide did a great job of providing the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I just carried a lot of expectations before to go there, but overall it is a good place to visit in Alexandria

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