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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

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Address: Carmous, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
Phone Number: +20 122 707 6302
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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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Should be part of your Alexandria visit

We did this as part of a day trip to Alexandria and it is well worth the time it took to explore the catacombs. It is all part of the Roman influence and needs to be included in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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huntsville
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this as part of a day trip to Alexandria and it is well worth the time it took to explore the catacombs. It is all part of the Roman influence and needs to be included in your trip.

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Victoria, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have seen catacombs in Paris, this is very disappointing. It's totally empty and apparently often partially flooded although the day we visited, it had recently been pumped. I would not make an effort to see this site. There's no photography allowed, but really, there's not much to photograph anyway!

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Thank Elizabeth S
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During our Alexandria sightseeing program we visited the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa. This is an onetime repository for mummies - an underground vault for mummies. The place has Egyptian-Greco-Roman architecture and stone carvings.

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Thank Traveler-O-World
Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Its a bit far, walking/driving in narrow ally to reach it, But once you are there and go down the tomb to see the ancient grave yard and imaging what these people were doing and where they are, and how life changes, it really gave me goosebumps Dont miss it :)

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Columbia, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Not a lot to see actually. When we went down the steps and into the catacombs we did not have any lights. The generator was not working so our tour guide took out his cell phone and used the flashlight. It didn't provide enough light. My sister and I were disappointed both with the guide and the site.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is one of the sights that you see in movies. When you experience it though, you keep expecting Indiana Jones at any moment. It is a very interesting place to visit. Since it is an old underground cemetery that was discovered about 100 years ago when someone's donkey fell through the ground, there is a certain intensity to it.... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

A quick peep into the history of Egypt, where Egyptian culture blends into Roman culture. Bit claustrophobic, but nevertheless a good site to see. Must have a good guide to point out all the things of interest.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Like most of Alexandria I wouldn't bother visiting it. You can't take photos so leave your camera in your car otherwise they'll keep it until you exit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Seems to be a highlight of Alex, but in reality more like a waste dump. History not taken care of. A pity.

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Thank Annette S
Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is definitely the most well preserved catacombs worldwide........the unique thing about it is the mix between the ancient egyptian, greek and roman architecture and symbols. A must see in Alexandria and it is very near to Pompei pillar too.

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