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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

| Mohmad said Al halawane, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
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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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| Mohmad said Al halawane, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
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"spiral staircase"
in 17 reviews
"burial chamber"
in 10 reviews
"middle ages"
in 14 reviews
"burial site"
in 6 reviews
"above ground"
in 8 reviews
"indiana jones"
in 4 reviews
"greek and roman"
in 8 reviews
"no photos allowed"
in 4 reviews
"tourist police"
in 4 reviews
"burial place"
in 4 reviews
"century ad"
in 9 reviews
"seven wonders"
in 11 reviews
"ticket office"
in 4 reviews
"egyptian style"
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"take pictures"
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"entry fee"
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"ancient egypt"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with low expectations but was enchanted with the whole set up. When the site upgrade is complete it will be high on the Alexandria wish list containing such a cross section of Egyptian, Roman and Greek artefacts and influences. Caracalla and the horse bones...More

Thank Patrick L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Day 2: We were met by Shahinaz in the hotel lobby, and Magady drove us to Alexandria. The catacombs are situated in an old built up area through some back streets. Once again the tourism and antiquities police were on duty inspecting all vehicles. They...More

Thank JohnandMichelle87
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting to see how a family burial place got larger and larger to accomodate many hundreds of corpses. Beautiful gattering place for the family of the deceased. Nice to see. A smal fee.

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Reviewed 13 July 2018

A must see in Alexandria, this rock cut underground burial ground is unlike the other catacombs found in Egypt. Considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages, the Catacomb of Kom el Shoqafa meaning “Moulds of Shards” is believed to have been...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

The catacombs are hidden within a residential neighbourhood. They give the visitor an Indiana Jones feel, Great place, worth digging for

Thank Mamdouh S
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

We took an Uber to the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa which wasn't the best idea. Getting there isn't easy. The single-lane streets are narrow, winding, and full of pedestrians, and our driver got stuck a few times and needed to back-track and find another...More

Thank JocelynBly
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Reviewed 6 July 2018

It is an interesting tomb where the Egyptians are dressed as Greek and Romans. This feature can be seen at the valley of the Kings where Alexander wanted to impress the Egyptians that he is also a descendant of the pharaoh and taking instructions from...More

Thank arunbvkumar
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Really interesting site and well worth a visit. Anywhere that you access down a winding and uneven stone staircase is always exciting but the floor is uneven and the steps a little slippery in places, so be careful too and make sure you take a...More

Thank MarkT25_UK
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Read some of the history before visit this place... incredible architecture and still developing new areas of discovering.

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

This is one of the places our local guide took us while in Alexandria. As other reviews report, no photos are allowed in the catacombs. You can take photos from the outside, but they ask you don't take any inside. Again, as some of the...More

Thank Sar_Bear17
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nijma
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Response from Henry D | Reviewed this property |
The site is not that impressive if you are looking it compared to other sites in Egypt. The reason to see it is because it is one of the best sites of its kind, so you see it to have seen it and to be able to put other... More
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Yes, they are open.
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Response from Tarek O | Reviewed this property |
From 9 am till 4 pm
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