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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

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Address: Carmous, Alexandria, Egypt
Phone Number: 01227076302
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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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Fragrant of history

I recommend this to every person who loves Historical places. My kids had fun but not the 8 years daughter, she was scared. Catacomb of Kom el Shoqafa was started in the 2nd... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
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Pirassununga, SP
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For being considered One of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages... I expected more. The site is not well preserved, with flooded dirty water inside and ruined passages that are not clearly marked. It's the most expensive tour in Alexandria, and yet the worst infrastructure for tourism.

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Thank Robert K
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From outside it looks nothing but when you go inside, this place seems like ghost tomb. there were so many caves and chambers to burry the dead. Engineering at its best considering the time it was built. A must place to visit in Alexandria.

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Thank rasel3287
Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Incredibly beautiful tombs created by a loving couple. SUPERB artwork!! Please go if you can!! We were speechless upon seeing the Egytpian-Greco style of sculpture and images. Truly amazing - a combination of myths and culture. We were so grateful we made the effort to visit!

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Thank Luana C
Laughlin, Nevada
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I visited this place the same day I visited Pompey's Pillar, it was a good walk for me & checked the area in between. I wish that the officials in the Ministry of Antiquities will give great attention to those ancient sites & its surroundings.

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Thank Laila A
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

I recommend this to every person who loves Historical places. My kids had fun but not the 8 years daughter, she was scared. Catacomb of Kom el Shoqafa was started in the 2nd century A.D. and was used to intern the dead for the next 200 years. This was a period in the history of the city of Alexandria when... More 

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Thank NJimboos
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

The classic view of Ancient Egyptian tombs from the Valley of the Kings took place over 1500 years before this site at which you can see the blending of Roman and Egyptian customs. This was the last hurrah for Egyptian religion before the introduction of Christianity to Egypt, where Anubis still guards the dead, but dressed as a centurion. Certainly... More 

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Thank Rosemarie L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Diving under ground in a journey through mazes of corridors, we discovered the greatest mix of ancient Egyptian- Roman architecture tombs which was discovered in 1901 and still in great shape.

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Thank Traveler2lands
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

since I am live in Alexandria form long time I just had visit one of the most beautiful monuments and Catacombs , the story is amazing how a small donkey made a huge discovery , no world can draw the beautiful picture of what you will see . also You can buy photos/postcards of the catacombs at gift shops.

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Thank Mahmoud1984
Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

This is an interesting place for a visit, especially because it's a bizarre combination of Greco-Roman and ancient Egyptian art. The more modern conquerors tried to copy the Egyptian style of art, and it ends up looking pretty funky.

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Thank katiezamf
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

Sadly anything that requires a taxi will be a lot of effort in Alexandria as the effort of picking a price and tolerating the nagging for more is tedious (at least for me, maybe there's a way I don't know of). The catacombs themselves are ok. The guide who's job it is to wait in the catacombs provides an interesting... More 

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