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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
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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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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82 reviews 82 reviews
17 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I had to pay 70 Egyptian pounds per person and you do not have the right to take a picture. There is one interesting place to visit: the main tomb. The rest is outside abandoned, without any description. It's expensive for what it is. In the main tomb, it smells like urine !!

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Port Said, Egypt
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

It is not famous but very wondering place that was accidentally discovered by falling a donkey which still preserved its remainings in it. It may be terrifying for some people. It is very deep with round spiral stairs and may lead to little suffocation. Need care in walking inside it.

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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

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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108 reviews 108 reviews
15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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62 helpful votes 62 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
29 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 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
54 helpful votes 54 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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