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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

Carmous, Alexandria, Egypt
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Ranked #6 of 39 Attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: An ancient circular staircase leads down into these tombs that were tunneled into the bedrock...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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).
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Muscat, Oman
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

I have been to the tombs in Rome but these I found more interesting. Maybe it was my Guide and the way he told the story.... Nonetheless I was in awe of how these were built and the carvings told the story. I loved the " shrine" of the horse bones that belonged to the animal who discovered these. Even... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

With a cheap ticket you will get to see one of the great catacombs, briefly reflecting the beautiful Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures in Egypt dating back to the 2nd century A.D. Was overwhelmed by the venue, the way it was built, stories behind it and how those foreign empires who conquered Egypt tried to blend in with the ancient... More 

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Bastrop, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Not like the catacombs in Rome, this was a funereal burial site that has the unique quality of reflecting the burial practices (and beliefs) of three cultures...ancient Egyptian, classical Greek/Roman, and early Christian (Roman times). We toured Alexandria on a private tour with Memphis Tours, and our guide was fabulous throughout. In the case of the catacombs, we arrived about... More 

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Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

As you enter the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa you can see some open air objects and some scattered tombs. The main attraction is the deep well like cemetery which you will go down the spiral staircase. Its very deep, eerie and dark in there. If you are claustrophobic don't enter. The stairs are broken so wear good shoes. The... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Its riddling how the Ancients were able to built such a huge necropolis. There are 3 levels down but the lowermost is underwater so it's closed. There's no other visitor at that time and some caverns were not well lit so its a bit eerie. There are rubbish also.This place could've been presented better. Still, it's worth to visit one... More 

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We had a great visit -there was only one other small group in the catacombs at the time. I would imaging that if it got crowded, some people would find it uncomfortable. Very interesting - more so if you have a Guide Book with information or a local guide. This is a huge burial area with a catalogue of history... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Big cemetery deep underground .. multiple cemetery .... one of them contains statues and nice coloured drawings .... nice to see

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Kangra, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

It is cemetery for nobles of Second century AD. It is composed of three levels of cut 30 metres deep into a rock. The construction technique is fascinating.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We wouldn't know about the catacombs had a donkey not fallen through the ground . . . once they started digging the found these magnificent caves used for burials. Don't know what happened to the donkey, but they should give him a shrine!

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Cascais, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Just a beautiful place, very quite. A mix of styles and Eras. Is really worth the visit. Very well conserved although some floors get flooded - the interesting ones are available to your visit anyway.

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