The 6 best activities when visiting Kom el Shoqafa cemeteries in Alexandria

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Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa cemeteries are well-known landmarks of Alexandria. The cemeteries are located specifically in the Mina El-Basal neighborhood within the Kom El-Shoqafa region. These tombs date back to the Roman era and are distinguished by the fact that they combine the Pharaonic and Roman styles.
The tombs were discovered in 1900 and the tombs of Kom el Shoqafa were named by this name in relation to the roof and the remains of pottery vessels that were found in this region. The cemetery consists of three floors sculpted all in the rock of them only two floors open for visit while the third is covered with water.
Below we shed light on the most famous tourist attractions in Egypt in Alexandria and the most important activities that you can do there as well as separate the nearby Alexandria hotels.

Things to do when visiting Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

• Enjoying the open museum experience is the most important thing you can get when you visit the tombs of Kom el Shoqafa, where you find yourself among about 502 pieces of unique Roman pharaonic monuments, and you can also see the remains and ruins of the celebration halls and funerals that were held in this place and other various monuments.

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• After spending time in the outside area of ​​the graves, you should go to the first floor, passing through the spiral staircase that contains a vestibule, and on the first floor you can find the entrance built in the form of a mihrab, which includes a ceiling decorated in the form of a sea shell.

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• You have to stand a little at this hall to enjoy the wonderful decorations on the wall before moving to the banquet hall, which was intended for the family of the deceased to sit in order to eat when visiting the graves, and you will find three terraces next to the decorations.

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• Now you have to climb to the second floor where there is the burial chamber, which is the most important feature of the tombs of Kom el Shoqafa. You can look at it through a platform on this floor, and you can also see some distinctive decorations that decorate the walls and ceiling.

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• You can stroll around the tombs and see the many graves decorated with wonderful inscriptions that tell the ancient history of the burial and embalming of the kings of the Pharaohs and Romans.

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• At the end of your tour, you must feel hungry and bear no worry. Just 3.2 km from the tombs of Kom el Shoqafa, you can eat the tastiest and most delicious Alexandrian food in the famous Al Falah restaurant, which specializes in Alexandrian liver.

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work hours

Everyday from 8:00 in the morning until 3:30 in the evening.

Best hotels near Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza Hotel, one of the best 5-star hotels in Egypt in Alexandria, is 6.1 km from Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa.
Reviews of Arab visitors at this hotel
Hotel rated well for staff, location and cleanliness, some mentioned problems with hotel facilities and services.
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Cherry Maryski Hotel is one of the best 4-star hotels in Alexandria. It is 1.6 km from Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa.
Reviews of Arab visitors at this hotel
The hotel was rated good for cleanliness, staff and breakfast, some mentioned lack of some room facilities.
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