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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

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Address: Carmous, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
Phone Number: 01227076302
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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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Respite from hot sunshine

Surprisingly, its location was unknown by several local people that we asked, including taxi drivers. Situated in one of the less affluent areas of town, it is just a EGP3 tuktuk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Surprisingly, its location was unknown by several local people that we asked, including taxi drivers. Situated in one of the less affluent areas of town, it is just a EGP3 tuktuk ride from a Roman site - Pompey’s Pillar. With a visitor’s entry fee of EGP40, the second century spot consists of tombs, statues and archaeological objects with its main... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's not big and under maintenance. But there is one good tomb reserve the carving which combined pharaoh and Rome culture! And suggest that you can plan with the Pompey pillar as a package. Great representation of the Alex complexity! But be aware of the sunlight! I got sunburnt! Nice place to visit. 很特別的一個地方,你可以看到法老和希臘羅馬文化的結合!可以跟龐貝柱規劃成一個行程!可以體會亞力山卓特別的藝術風格!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They are well preserved tombs and very cool to explore. It requires more details for the tourists, so we know what they are about. It is also a very difficult place to find. Not far from Pompey's pillar.

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Liverpool, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Need a guide for sure, for this excursion otherwise you don't get the full story. I ts a small place to visit and not easy to find unless you are a local.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it was one of the places that surprised me cause i didn't know it was even existent in Alexandria , even though i am a inhabitant of the city .The issue of the place is the absence of any kind of information other than the ones written at the entry so i 'ld recommend going with a tourist guide plus... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if you are not a history buff like I am, this is a cool place to visit. It was found when a farmer's donkey fell through a hole in the ground and the farmer investigated. It is a catacomb of tombs but many interesting niches to check out. Also, for those of you who are religious buffs and you... More 

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Merredin, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Catacombs at the end of summer hence it was quite warm. I would not recommend this site for anyone with mobility issues, the stairway into the Catacomb is steep, spiral and 99 stairs long (feels like double on the way back up). The Catacomb was amazing once inside, with countless rooms and tombs (including a random table full of... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Catacombs was the highlight of my day visit to Alexandria. I would recommend you do this tour without hesitation! I did travel here alone, and so I recommend a google read on it before entering to enjoy the history. Doing it alone (and then discovering I was entirely alone the catacomb subsequently) was another experience altogether! It can be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The catacombs are fascinating. There is a lot of history. They are different from the catacombs you see in Europe. It is a long climb down and a long climb back up. Much of the tour is walking along 2"x12" boards spanning across the water filled floor. As everyone is walking on the boards they wobble, bump and jerk. You... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

The catacombs offer a glimpse of the transitional period between ancient Egypt and Greco-Roman times. The frescoes blend both periods. They are well worth seeing if you have the time.

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