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“One of the MUST see in Alexandria”

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
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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 7 August 2014

It is amazing to see what efforts people took to bury their people. The Catacombs are in pretty god shape and they are really big. Take with you a good torch, as there are often power cuts...No photos allowed. It is better to have read something about it, as the guides do not really speak English and do not have too much information about the place.
Difficult to find, but normally Taxi drivers would find it. It is in a very crowded place.

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Here we are descending several floors into the damp dark cavern, which was the buriel chamber for the royals. Even though the Greeks didn’t believe in an afterlife they maintained the chambers to show respect.

On the main level there is a stone bench and a sort of gathering place for family members. Here families gathered sharing drinks and fond memories of the recently departed. They broke their cups when they finished drinking so as not to bring bad luck away with them . As a result, hills of glass were later discovered here and the place was named Mountain of Glass.

Remarkably it was a donkey who found these ancient chambers by chance. He was digging in a heap of mud after the a rain and fell through the deep hole. As pictures are not allowed here , I have only my memories to take away with me.

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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Been in December 2012 and 2013.

Very different feeling to be so far down below the surface of the Earth where hundreds of bodies were previously buried. Have to walk on boards for part of it due to water still inside. Definitely an hour of adventure.

Only downside is can't take photos inside.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

A combination site of three cultures – Pharaonic, Hellenistic and Roman – this is an unexpected treasure in Alexandria. Located in the midst of a crowded old city, this is essentially an ancient burial site that preserves to a fair degree how burial would have happened.

The entrance is the opposite of imposing a bland gate with a guard. Who will check for cameras – they are not allowed inside. There is a short walk through broken pieces of buildings and a few sarcophagi, till you reach a rough hewn stone staircase going down. Be careful, there is little light here.

Inside there are burial chambers in three levels, though the lowest is under water now. In the centre is a six-pillared central shaft which opens off the vestibule. There is little authentic information about who this belonged to. There are various chambers, some clearly Roman, others marked in Egyptian symbols. There is also a strangely named Hall of Carcalla, where a glass case contains bones of horses and human mixed! Apparently these were of victims of a massacre. A bit macabre. Also the place has many broken plates and jars as apparently custom demanded that after eating – there is a hall for that, utensils were not to be carried back. Influences from the cultures intersect in design, layout and even purpose of space usage.

Everything is dimly lit, with open electric wires. Not just for anyone infirm. Today there are relatively few visitors, possibly due to most people avoiding Egypt at present. But this is a small place, and it can get crowded. Carry water with you. Definitely for those interested in history only.

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

The place is a wonderful mixture of pharaonic, Roman and Greek civilization. The architecture, the engravings on the wall bear mark of the ancient histories. Specially loved the halls where the ancient war meeting happened. This is a must visit place if you are into history!

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