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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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A very interesting look into ‘burying’ corpses in the past

A very interesting look into ‘burying’ corpses in the past. !!! Warning: Do not, under no circumstances visit the WC at this site. It is absolutely disgusting. And they even want... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

A very interesting look into ‘burying’ corpses in the past. !!! Warning: Do not, under no circumstances visit the WC at this site. It is absolutely disgusting. And they even want money when you visit the toilet!!! It’s a disgrace! You have been warned.

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Alexandria, Egypt
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The journey to reach the catacombs is a bit away from the city center and when i arrived i was surprised to see that there were only about 3 catacombs with few drawings left. You won't probably need more than 30 minutes to see the whole thing which compared to the prices and the journey may not be ideal. If... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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101 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
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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