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“In Alexandria.... If you are interested in archeology/history”

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
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Private Guided Day Tour to Alexandria from Cairo
Ranked #4 of 72 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).
Alexandria, Egypt
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“In Alexandria.... If you are interested in archeology/history”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Have been there twice it has the originality of bearing the marks of 3 great civilizations : Pharaonic, Helenic and Roman.....you can see that in the clothing of the caractersj ingrainved on the walls......Amazing !

Visited October 2013
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“YEP.... you gotta see this!”
Reviewed 1 April 2014

This was such an impressive place to see.. def worth the visit

Its considered one of the 7 wonders of the Middle Ages! I was annoyed that you couldnt take photos inside but honestly, I walked in and was too shocked and amazing to take photos... its just beautiful and you really feel like you have stepped back in time to some other world... the mix of carvings which merge Roman, Egyptian & Greek eras which was very interesting and something I hadnt seen before

Dont miss this...

Visited December 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Kind of dingy but well worth the visit”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

The visit to catacombs is definitely the highlight of trip to Alexandria. The map and associated description at the entrance of the site are not very informative. Suggest take a knowledgable guide who can explain the significance of the illustrations inside the catacombs, especially how Greek and Roman culture and mythology blended with the Ancient Egyptian over time.

Site is not usually crowded but allow at least an hour for the visit

Not suitable if you cannot walk up/down 90 stairs

Visited February 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“A SHORT HISTORY OF THESE CATACOMBS”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa is a historical archaeological site located in Alexandria, Egypt and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages.The Catacombs were named Kom El Shoqafa, meaning Mound of Shards, because the area used to contain a mound of shards of terra cotta which mostly consisted of jars and objects made of clay. These objects were left by those visiting the tombs, who would bring food and wine for their consumption during the visit. However, they did not wish to carry these containers home from this place of death so they would break them. So at the time of the discovery, heaps of these broken plates were found. A circular staircase, which was often used to transport deceased bodies down the middle of it, leads down into the tombs that were tunneled into the bedrock during the age of the Antonine emperors (2nd century AD). The facility was then used as a burial chamber from the 2nd century to the 4th century, before being rediscovered in 1900 when a donkey accidentally fell into the access shaft. To date, three sarcophagi have been found, along with other human and animal remains which were added later. It is believed that the catacombs were only intended for a single family, but it is unclear why the site was expanded in order to house numerous other individuals.

Visited January 2013
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

One of the few historical sights in Alexandria and is very near the center and is recommended to vist with the near-by " Bombay's Pillar " and the " Romanic Theater "

Visited November 2012
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