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Address: Carmous, Alexandria, Egypt
Description: 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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Brings out the little kid in you

Had a good time visiting here. Go early, before the crowds, and have a guide to explain stuff. Exploring the catacombs was a lot of fun and it really brought out the little kid... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The Catacombs are in a very poor area and the journey to it takes you through some extremely narrow, overcrowded streets. We were rushed around by a guide, who was only interested in collecting his fee at the end of the whirl wind tour. All we got out of the tour was: Roman, Greek, Egyptian & sandstone. Very disappointing!

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Orange Park, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Like most of Alexandria, the catacombs are just a little sad and hokey... It's interesting enough, just go without expecting too much.

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Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Had a good time visiting here. Go early, before the crowds, and have a guide to explain stuff. Exploring the catacombs was a lot of fun and it really brought out the little kid in me who wanted to be Indiana Jones.

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Athens, Greece
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80 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

very nice place acient Roman Catacombs. not miss it if you are travelling to Alex. its our history. i was there with my friends and our guide. thanks them.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The construction of the burial site is impressive. The spiral construction going down the earth is really fascinating.

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Alexandria, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Although I've been living in Alexandria for more than 20 years, it was my first time to go to this place with a friend and her family from Cairo, luckily they have a car otherwise it was a bit difficult to go by myself and there was a guide there who helped a lot. It's worth to see. There are... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

These catacombs dating from second & third century AD are worth a visit. They show how pharaonic, greed and roman mythologies mixed at that time in Alexandria. We visited with a guide and felt that we would have missed a lot if we visited alone.

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Nuenen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa (meaning "Mound of Shards") is a historical archaeological site and considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. The tombs under the ground have been found after a donkey fell into them. We owe the donkey this site, that is quite interesting for those who have seen all the highlights of Alexandria.... More 

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Nuenen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa (meaning "Mound of Shards") is a historical archaeological site and considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. The tombs under the ground have been found after a donkey fell into them. We owe the donkey this site, that is quite interesting for those who have seen all the highlights of Alexandria.... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

You can visit these in a few hours so good to be part of a sightseeing day. It has a lot of stairs so not for those with mobility difficulties

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