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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

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Address: Carmous, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
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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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One of the Middle Ages seven wonders

The location is in the middle of very crowded area of Alexandria the catacomb is number of tombs, the main tomb is like four stories underground and it describe an era between... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't too sure what to expect and was persuaded by friends to go along too. I'm so glad I did! We were given a thorough guided tour by a member of staff at the site (this was included in the price of the ticket - 40 Egyptian Pounds) it was so worth it. The guide was fantastic. I was... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The location is in the middle of very crowded area of Alexandria the catacomb is number of tombs, the main tomb is like four stories underground and it describe an era between Pharos and the following era If you are going to visit then visit pompeys pillar as well as both monuments are near by

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1 Thank Tarek O
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This site is packed with interesting tombs and carvings. It is worth making the effort to walk down the spiral staircase down to the lower levels of tombs although some of them are waterlogged. It is worth having a guide who can talk you through all the interesting things as it is easy to miss things.

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Lephalale, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The site outside is unassuming and not well kept, but really worth wile to visit the Catacombs. We were not allowed to take any pictures inside.

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new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

I was settling in the car for a sleepy two hour journey to Alexandria and it turned out to be my lucky day. My tour guide, Mr. Amr Ahmed, from a renowned first-rate agency (see No.1 in Egypt tours) occupied my last day in Egypt with the political, cultural, historical and social summary of Egypt in the last 5 thousand... More 

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

The story goes that a donkey fell down a shaft, which lead to the discovery of this ancient burial site. Many artifacts are on display at the street level before going underground to visit the tombs. It's a steal of a deal to see this magnificent middle ages site. It's just a short walk from the library.

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1 Thank James A
Bogota, Colombia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We were in Alexandria to visit the great library (a must visit for sure!) and decided to take a side trip to the catacombs. So glad we did! It was definitely the highlight of our trip. We had an amazing guide who walked us through the various layers, gave us the astounding history of the place. There are no bones... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa is a fascinating archaeological site considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. It's basically a cemetary consists of a series of tombs, statues and archaeological objects of the Pharaonic funeral cult. A circular staircase, which was used to transport deceased bodies down, leads down into the tombs that were tunneled into... More 

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Peshawar, Pakistan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

After we were told catacombs would be next on our tour i thought of it as a simple place or plain tombs underground but was amazed and engrossed in its unique beauty and ancient design once i visited it.One cant find perfect greek,roman and egyptian mixture anywhere else and the way it was built leaves you in awe as how... More 

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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

The history of the catacombs in Alexandria is interesting with layers of ancient Egyptian, Greek & Roman graves having been a part. However, because most of the stone & wooden caskets are now in the Cairo museum the remaining empty spaces are not as impressive. The remaining engravings are nice and show the age of the site. The building themselves... More 

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