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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

Carmous, Alexandria, Egypt
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Ranked #8 of 40 attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: It's worth going early in the morning when no one else is around (before the tour buses arrive). With no one around, it can be a great experience... more »
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Pittsburgh, PA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I went down the winding stairs and faced with a lot of underground rooms with no markers and no indication of what was going on it was a bit boring. I latched onto a tour guide mid way through and learned some interesting stuff, but over all this was not worth the visit. There is only 1 area with anything... More

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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It is amazing to see what efforts people took to bury their people. The Catacombs are in pretty god shape and they are really big. Take with you a good torch, as there are often power cuts...No photos allowed. It is better to have read something about it, as the guides do not really speak English and do not have... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Here we are descending several floors into the damp dark cavern, which was the buriel chamber for the royals. Even though the Greeks didn’t believe in an afterlife they maintained the chambers to show respect. On the main level there is a stone bench and a sort of gathering place for family members. Here families gathered sharing drinks and fond... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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90 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

Been in December 2012 and 2013. Very different feeling to be so far down below the surface of the Earth where hundreds of bodies were previously buried. Have to walk on boards for part of it due to water still inside. Definitely an hour of adventure. Only downside is can't take photos inside.

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New Delhi, India
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94 reviews 94 reviews
28 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

A combination site of three cultures – Pharaonic, Hellenistic and Roman – this is an unexpected treasure in Alexandria. Located in the midst of a crowded old city, this is essentially an ancient burial site that preserves to a fair degree how burial would have happened. The entrance is the opposite of imposing a bland gate with a guard. Who... More

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

The place is a wonderful mixture of pharaonic, Roman and Greek civilization. The architecture, the engravings on the wall bear mark of the ancient histories. Specially loved the halls where the ancient war meeting happened. This is a must visit place if you are into history!

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

Its a must go place for me. You can see and feel the atmosphere in which ancient Greek people used to make plots for wars. Deep inside the well its cold, however outside its warm and scorching.

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Alexandria, Egypt
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Have been there twice it has the originality of bearing the marks of 3 great civilizations : Pharaonic, Helenic and Roman.....you can see that in the clothing of the caractersj ingrainved on the walls......Amazing !

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Sydney, Australia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
123 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was such an impressive place to see.. def worth the visit Its considered one of the 7 wonders of the Middle Ages! I was annoyed that you couldnt take photos inside but honestly, I walked in and was too shocked and amazing to take photos... its just beautiful and you really feel like you have stepped back in time... More

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Seattle, Washington
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The visit to catacombs is definitely the highlight of trip to Alexandria. The map and associated description at the entrance of the site are not very informative. Suggest take a knowledgable guide who can explain the significance of the illustrations inside the catacombs, especially how Greek and Roman culture and mythology blended with the Ancient Egyptian over time. Site is... More

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