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“Disappointing Visit to a Significant Site”

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
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Private Guided Day Tour to Alexandria from Cairo
Ranked #5 of 73 things to do in Alexandria
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Owner description: 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).
Arvada, Colorado
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“Disappointing Visit to a Significant Site”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Bus loads of people gathered near the entrance. Our group escaped the blazing sun by standing in a nearby shaded area. We entered a stuffy, dark cavern with limited ventilation. We walked down a circular staircase that had approximately 100 steps. We were unable to take any photographs. Too many people were crowded into a tight space. It was not possible to hear most of what our guide said. People in our group as well as adjacent groups were talking. I wish that I had a better understanding of what I saw since there was no printed information and I could not hear most of what the guide was saying.

The steps were not that difficult, but many people struggled climbing back up.

Neither the area above the site or the catacombs were well maintained. This can be contrasted to the Catacombs in Israel. Those catacombs are well lit, ventilated, include signage, and printed materials.

Visited November 2012
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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“dont miss it as it is one corner”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Its nice but they not maintained much and its at one end of it that you could easily miss out. looks like a well from top but is different from inside. well litted.

Visited April 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A must do in Alexandria!”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

I really loved this. The mood and the mix of roman and Egyptian was unique. Some people talk about the stairs. They are not hard, it's really more of a slope. Just wear good sturdy shoes and you'll be fine.

Visited April 2013
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Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt
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5 reviews
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“interesting”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

The Catacombs were intersting below ground but not much information or displays above. Well worth the complications of finding your way there.
Where appropriate footwear for underground exploration.

Visited October 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Some interesting things to see”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

Some of the rooms in the catacombs have great engravings. It can get very crowded at times. In comparison to catacombs elsewhere, these are better for people who tend to be clausterphobic.

Visited April 2013
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