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“My Favorite Place in Alex” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
Carmous, Alexandria, Egypt
01227076302
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Full-Day Alexandria Private Tour with Tour Guide from Cairo
Ranked #4 of 70 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).
Alexandria, Egypt
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“My Favorite Place in Alex”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This place is haunted - of course, there are no bodies remaining in these catacombs, but it's easy to imagine what it was like in the days when it was used. You can wander all over the place without interference from guards. There are no "off-limit" places and it offers an incredible glimpse of the past. I'm not sure why Alexandria doesn't make this place into a major tourist attraction with fancy signs and guided tours but I really love it the way it is. An uncommon discovery.

Visited December 2012
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
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“Indiana Jones”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

I loved this place, I totally felt like Indiana Jones. The lower catacombs are flooded and there's not a lot of safety precautions, so have good shoes and be on your toes!

Visited June 2012
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Orleans, France
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“A lot of history on this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

On a hot day is a good idea to visit this place.Looks like a well from top but is different from inside. well litted.

Visited December 2012
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“pretty neat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

alot of history funny story to how they found the area...... no cameras but if your guide is cool youll be algud ^_* carvings are a site to see with detail... Out door stuff is show pony

Visited April 2013
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Arvada, Colorado
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“Disappointing Visit to a Significant Site”
3 of 5 stars 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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