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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

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Address: Carmous, Alexandria, Egypt
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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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Diversity and union captured in time and stone

It was interesting to learn about these catacombs and how they worked to uncover them. The lower levels stunk of stagnant water (very musty), however the carvings showed the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It was interesting to learn about these catacombs and how they worked to uncover them. The lower levels stunk of stagnant water (very musty), however the carvings showed the mixture of both ancient Roma-Greco and Egyptian art and beliefs which was cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I advise every one comes to Alexandria and interesting in history to visit this place it is one of few in this world the catacombs .

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Mesa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Was amazing to see and a really great experience, highly recommend it. I did not go with a tour guide so didn't get much of the history and background, but was still very interesting to see.

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belfast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We visited the Catacombs in Alexandria as part of a private day tour by EMO tours. I recommend them and strongly recommend you visit these Catacombs. You need good shoes and be fit enough to walk up and down steps so not ideal for young children, the elderly or those with mobility issues. You can't take your camera inside but... More 

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Alexandria, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I like this place, though it is hard to go there on hot summer day. But it is full of history. Specially Caracalla Hall. It is lot of tales about that time of Alexandria's history.

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Durban
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I was amazed with this historical site. so much of history and interesting to walk down to the chambers. would have benefitted from a guide to explain all the different chambers and perhaps the tourism authorities can capitalize on this gem of a place by taking the visitors experience to another level. So much potential. Took me back 2000 years.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

A very interesting look into ‘burying’ corpses in the past. !!! Warning: Do not, under no circumstances visit the WC at this site. It is absolutely disgusting. And they even want money when you visit the toilet!!! It’s a disgrace! You have been warned.

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Alexandria, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The journey to reach the catacombs is a bit away from the city center and when i arrived i was surprised to see that there were only about 3 catacombs with few drawings left. You won't probably need more than 30 minutes to see the whole thing which compared to the prices and the journey may not be ideal. If... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The Catacombs are in a very poor area and the journey to it takes you through some extremely narrow, overcrowded streets. We were rushed around by a guide, who was only interested in collecting his fee at the end of the whirl wind tour. All we got out of the tour was: Roman, Greek, Egyptian & sandstone. Very disappointing!

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Orange Park, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Like most of Alexandria, the catacombs are just a little sad and hokey... It's interesting enough, just go without expecting too much.

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