The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa are important enough that UNESCO has named them a World Heritage Site.

In the catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, you can find artifacts from many different times that have been kept in great shape. Some of these things are ancient Egyptian and Roman tomb inscriptions.

In the year 1900, a donkey accident led to the discovery of carved tombs and burial chambers in a cave.

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Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa
Tombs inside Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa

Roman Alexandria is three hours north of Cairo and has things from the time of Alexander the Great.

The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa are in Alexandria, close to the famous Corniche (seafront).


Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa
Drawings on the wall inside Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa in Alexandria Egypt

During excavations in the second century A.D., the Catacombs were first found.

They are about 100 feet below the surface.

These rooms have both a dining area and a tomb so that the dead can be remembered and a meal can be held in their honor.

Out of respect for the ancient Egyptian religions, the tombs were built in the styles of the Pharaohs, the Romans, and the Greeks.

Scholars gave the building its current name to honor the Roman emperor who, in 215 A.D., gave an order that caused many newborns in Alexandria to die.

Early archaeologists who looked at the Triclinium found wine jars and tableware. This suggests that people drank wine or beer while sitting on stone couches and toasting their ancestors.

When the Central Tomb was built in the second century AD, “ancient religions began to mix and split.” Sobek and Anubis are shown there with Roan’s armor on and tied together. Several snake-like reliefs with beards hold shields with Medusa’s head on top (Forster).

Flooding and the sinking of the lower level of the Goddess Nemesis Hall hastened the decay of the graves (which may still be visited).

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