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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

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Address: Carmous, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
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+20 122 707 6302
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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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If you have 30 min to spare, come here. It is amazing how this place was built and the stories behind it. Bring good shoes since some areas might be wet. Water is filtering this... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The place was unexpected. You go down a few meters below street level to visit the tombs. It's a bit eerie and if you're claustrophobic it might not be such a good idea. It was interesting to hear about how the mummies were brought down to their final resting place though.

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Meerut, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The catacombs of Roman burials is in very much traffic congested old city area , we waste 2-3 hours in reaching there and back . This is Largest known Roman Burials site discovered accidentally in 1900 AD , this is a mixture of Pharaonic and Greek styles architecture. The timings are 9 am to 5 pm and entry fee is... More 

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Navi Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This tomb was different from what we saw in the Vally of the Kings. There was stairs to get in to the lower part of the catacomb.

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Kent, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have 30 min to spare, come here. It is amazing how this place was built and the stories behind it. Bring good shoes since some areas might be wet. Water is filtering this is why they pulled sarcophagus.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Honestly i have never went to luxor so thats why the place is just amazing for me and my daughters they are 6and 3 years old and we didn't take long time over there but if you are willing to go you must go with a company or a tour guide if you are not from Alexandria

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Catacombs of Kom el-Shuqqafa: This was once considered as one of the seven wonders of Middle ages. They are hewn from the rock in the Carmous district, downtown Alexandria. Discovered in 1900,the tombs are laid out on several levels of sarcophagi & loculi (self tomb). A spiral staircase having 99 stone steps lead you to the main rotunda. To the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This doesn't look much from outside but if quite amazing inside - a long spiral staircase down to some temple/burial spots for people (and horses) The walls are carved and show the roman interpretations of earlier Egyptian gods and art One of the top 2 for me in Alexandria (other was the fort)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its a cool place but not as awesome as the library or citadel. You aren't supposed to take pictures but its not enforced...but I still didn't take photos of the tombs out of respect. Lots of narrow stairs. Better with a guide.

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Plymouth, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a treasure! To think these catacombs were found by accident make them even more interesting! Just be sure to were safe shoes because it's quite an adventure to walk around in these awesome catacombs.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Today we had an early morning pick up from our hotel in Cairo. We drove 2.5 hours to reach Alexandria. We visited the Catacombs, Pompay Pillar, Alexandria Bibliotique, my favorite part of the day and Almotazah Palace area. Will review the other places separately. The Catacombs are very interesting.There were many different small tour groups when we visited so between... More 

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