The Catacombs (meaning underground tunnels) lie in the district of Karmouz to the east of Alexandria. The area was called Kom El-Shouqafa or a pile of shards. Jan 10, – Located in Alexandria, Egypt the catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa is one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval Ages. Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa. Reviews. #7 of 53 things to do in Alexandria · Sights & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins. Mohmad said Al halawane | Mohmad said.
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Between the pillars, there were some figures of human heads, some of which were discovered and transferred to the Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria. I recommend a trip to the km. I was interested in seeing this attraction as I had already see the catacombs in Rome and I was not disappointed. Tourists who visit this page also visit the following pages: Day Tour to Alexandria from Cairo. One of the places we went to in Alexandria was the Catacombs. This leads to the Hall of Caracalla in which the bones of horses and humans were found.
A fascinating mix of different ages with Pharaonic and Roman dedications to the dead. Views Read Edit View history. Follow a medieval style stairwell underground to see multiple paths of tombs carved into stone walls.
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As a city, Alexandria had picked its name after probably the most famous warrior history has ever witnessed, Alexander the Great. The steps at the top were actually constructed to be larger and wider than the step at the bottom. The right recess of the burial chamber cahacombs nearly the same design and elements. Log in Join Recently viewed Bookings Inbox. The site, though built much earlier, has further been featured as one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages.
The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa
Another staircase leads down to a room full of sculptures. The necropolis consists of a series of Alexandrian tombs, statues and archaeological objects of the Pharaonic funeral cult with Hellenistic and early Imperial Roman influences.
The catacombs were named Kom El Shoqafa, meaning Mound of Shards, because the area used to contain a mound of shards of terra cotta which mostly consisted of jars and objects made of clay.
We visited Alexandria in July. Reviewed 3 weeks ago Fascinating! Read another story from us: There was probably a huge funerary chapel occupying the surface above Kom El Shoqafa.
Is this attraction a “must-see” location? These underground tunnels were built around the 2nd century A. Go down a winding stairway to see how deep the ancient Greco-Romans tunnelled into the bedrock. The top of each niche is in the shape of a shell, while the inferior part contains a half round bench, cut into the rock, which was used by the visitors to take some rest after descending the stairs of the tomb. This chamber was called the “Triclinium”. The representation of Medusa here was to protect the tomb.
Response from Diafricana Reviewed this property. Thanks for the vote if you found Would this be a good cold day activity? However, it would be most enjoyable for a tourist touring Egypt to have a travel company organize such visits in the land of the Nile.
In a similar way, the head of the woman is done in a Roman-like style. It consists of cafacombs levels, all located under the ground level. Entrance to a burial chamber.
Left and right are two serpents wearing the crowns of upper and Lower Egypt. See all 6 questions. Namely, we are talking about the Kom El Shoqafa here, ancient catacombs unlike any other in the world of antiquity.
Catacombs Of Kom El Shoqafa – Largest Roman Burial Site In Egypt | Ancient Pages
One such site that does survive is the catacombs – underground burial sites from Egypt’s Roman period. Actually don’t remember how far it is from the catacombs as we had a car then.
Share another experience before you go. There is nothing much at the uppermost part of the burial site, but it is still the passage to the heart of the structure, the middle section of the catacombs. I do suggest do a little history reading about the place before going, or go with a guide to enrich your visit.
Is it free entry?? According to archaeologists, the catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa resemble the largest burial site dating from the Greco-Roman period.
An easy spiral staircase takes you down to this 4c burial tomb.
Reviewed 23 November The catacombs are worthwhile unless you have physical limitations. The catacombs have a six-pillared central shaft which opens off the vestibule. Cant remember exactly how much it was It is believed that the catacombs were only intended for a single family, but it is unclear why the site was expanded in order to house numerous other individuals. Share another experience before you go.
Entrance to a burial chamber flanked by Egyptian gods Author: