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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

Carmous, Alexandria, Egypt
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Ranked #6 of 40 attractions in Alexandria
Type: Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: It's worth going early in the morning when no one else is around (before the tour buses arrive). With no one around, it can be a great experience... more »
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 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... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 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... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 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.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 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 "

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The Catacombs are wonderful, I never been to any thing that creepy before even though I went to the Valley of Kings, but this one, specially the main burial chamber is so creepy that I liked it so much, the main thing which wasn't so pleasant is that the transportation to this area is a little bit hard and it... More

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Alexandria, Egypt
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

there is no word will describe this site its wonderful place. it's another world when you go underground. you will see a beautiful decorated tombs which dated back to the Graeco-Roman period. this tomb was discovered in 1900 just by chance.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Not everyone could have a pyramid, so the catacombs were second best. An interesting site, although there is only the infrastructure remaining. Try to arrive early to avoid crowds, as there is only one entrnace/exit and the site is small and easily congested.

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Bucarest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Catacombs? This word sounds bad. We’re talking here about a little city built in the ground, carved into the bedrock by some ancient families. Don’t make the huge mistake of avoiding visiting this wonder. It is all different from all you have ever seen, as conception, philosophy, tradition and art. The monument shows exactly what we are, different civilizations spinning... More

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Brisbane
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We were fortunate that there were no other tourists on site and we had a guide to explain the historical and cultural features of the catacombs. It's a pity no photos are allowed....don't know why, as there is no colour on the artwork that could be damaged. Like many tombs and sites in Egypt the care and upkeep of the... More

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Old Heritage Relived, nice to see relics and the history thru them. Upkeep is limited tho. Need more descriptive detailing

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