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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

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Address: Carmous, Alexandria, 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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I absolutely love the ancient history of this country and at times I think the the Ptolemaic period is overlooked, even by me. It was so nice to descend to this tomb and discover... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2016
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For this attraction you will have to go underground, about 3 floors to be exact. If your claustrophobic i would not recommend this. Otherwise its something definitely worth checking out.

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Thank NafeeTA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The short walk down into the catacombs does not prepare you for just what is down there. The catacombs spread out and to learn about the roman rituals with their dead is very interesting. A bit claustrophobic for some but well worth the experience.

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Thank Craig L
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

The catacombs are literally in the middle of the city. It just looks like a flat piece of land until you walk down the stairs into the spooky place it is. a must visit in Alexandria.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

We walked through these underground caves where many bodies were at one time kept. There is also an area for animals. But of course they have all been removed. There are still some drawings on the walls with some color. It is fascinating just to see all the underground work.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

You'll need a guide to tell you what's going on and the history. Amazing catacombs carved out of the rock, initially a private tomb but later public burial ground, although presumably only for the rich and famous. Fantastic to see 2000 year old carvings with none of the usual security, health and safety nonsense preventing you from appreciating the site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

I absolutely love the ancient history of this country and at times I think the the Ptolemaic period is overlooked, even by me. It was so nice to descend to this tomb and discover how different they were to the tombs of the Valley of the Kings and how the Egyptian Gods were adopted by these people. Pay close attention... More 

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Thank zbiggys
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Went here to on a day trip from Cairo ; historic city Alex - a few things to go to & enjoy around the place.

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Kuala Lumpur
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

We visited this place on our drive towards our Alexandria hotel and stopped for a short visit. Outwardly it doesn't look very much and walking down the spiral steps, you come to an area with lots of holes carved out from the walls where apparently the bodies are meant to be. According to our guide, when they discovered this place,... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

It doesn't look like much from above ground, the site is a little run down but when you venture below it is really amazing to know the history of the catacombs. I recommend going with a guide to understand the history and the engineering feats below. Highly recommeded!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Mesmerizing history behind this site. We had a very good guide to explain all parts of the catacomb and the history behind it. we ended spending almost 2 hours here. Pompey's pillar is just walking distance from here which is worth a visit.

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