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“Unexpected” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mustafa Kamel Necropolis

Mustafa Kamel Necropolis
El Moaaskar El Romani, Alexandria, Egypt
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Ranked #30 of 66 things to do in Alexandria
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Alexandria, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This necropolis is a hidden gem. There are actually 4 tombs. start your visit with number 3 and 4 -as they are more ruined then head to No 1 and 2 which are great. The tombs are quite complex . they have stairs, small temples inside, offerings tables, wells, one has 6 sfinxes, and some mortuary chambers. One big sarcofagus lays in the courtyard. It seems there were tombs of high class romans. tombs are dated end of 3rd Century-beg 2nd Century BC. they were discovered in 1934. I believe the whole area was a bigger necropolis but actual authorities built over their heritage. As a proof you can take a look behind the necropolis (still guarded by concrete fences) you will find the ruins of Ptolemaic Period that were surrounded by a thin fence (during Mubarak's time) and completely exposed now to anybody (the metal fence disappeared) . These ruins will soon disapear under a garbage hill produced by inhabitants of the buildings above.

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“Roman period tombs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2009

I visited Mustafa Kamel Necropolis in December 2009. The location is in Roushdy (west of Stanley Bridge). As you are heading towards the Corniche from the tram track the entrance is on the left (sign only in Arabic). Entry cost is 20 EGP for foreigners. There were no other visitors when 2 of us visited.
This site dates from around the 11th century BC, I believe. There are two underground sections (only one was open on my visit) and considerable restoration has been done, with a lot of concrete used. Enter the doors and down about 25 steps to get to the subterranean rto see the rock-hewn tombs. There are some coloured wall paintings visible alongside remains of small sphinxes. Outside there is a small garden area with a large sarcophagus in good condition. There is another section of tombs that are open to the elements and these are in particularly poor condition. It is just about possible to see the cuttings into the sandstone rock where the coffins were put. The dead have long since been removed from these tombs.
The garden has aloes, fig tree and a few nice plants but there is nowhere for visitors to sit, so you don't feel encouraged to linger.
It was a little disappointing, but definitely worth seeing if you are in the area. Some of the relics found here have been moved to museums. It is nowhere near as impressive as the catacombs, but worth adding to your 'nice to see' rather than 'must see' list.

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