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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

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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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Best visited with a guide

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Cairo, Egypt
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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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Gladstone, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a different kind of history to all the Egyptian pharoah's tombs. By this stage we were a bit over all the ruins after seeing the amazing ones in Luxor and Abu Simbel, but the catacombs were still fascinating. They were found after a donkey fell into them at the start of the 20th century, and of course are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Little wearing to get down to area, we were fortunate to have Ash for our guide a historical teacher Very interesting history, no photos. As said before, great to see Egyptian and Greece culturs again

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

First thing we saw in Alexandria, eerie and interesting ...reading the history ahead will make it more enjoyable. Photography not allowed and good water proof shoes recommended in case there is water in the lower chambers

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Take a guide with you to the Catacombs. The history and details of the carvings and drawings is fascinating. It is a shame that you can't take a camera with you as there is no reason not to take one. This is one of the 6 must see sites in Alexandria.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

If you're in Alexandria, you HAVE to pay a visit to the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. Keep in mind that taking photos is not allowed at this site, so just enjoy being there! Great attraction to see the marriage of the two cultures (Egypt & Greece) blending together. The hieroglyphics are beautiful as are the carvings inside. The various... More 

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Padua, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Its an interesting site and well worth a visit, to see what christians did all those years ago. Read up on the history and importance of this site before you go and you will be well rewarded .

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