Landmarks of Alexandria
The Catacombs of Kom al-Shoqafa are the largest Roman cemetery in Alexandria and are composed of three levels cut approximately 90 feet deep into the existing rock. Access them via 100 steps of a circular staircase. But remember, what goes down must come up.
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Old and new co-exist in perfect harmony in the great metropolis of Alexandria. Marvel at the ancient architecture of Mansheya Square. Note the bronze statue of Muhammad Ali, the founder of modern Egypt, proudly perched atop his horse; the touching Alexandria Naval Unknown Soldier Memorial; and the intricately detailed Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque honoring the beloved Spanish scholar and saint. Don't miss its tall minarets and four domes.
Continue back in time as you step into the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa with its multicultural roots. Old Egyptian kingdoms had already been established for thousands of years when Alexander the Great conquered the land in 332 B.C. and brought Greek rulers to the capital that still bears his name. In 31 B.C., the Romans took control, bringing their own cultures and customs. All three of these influences can be seen in the design and architecture of the catacombs. It is this mix of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art and culture – not found in any other catacomb in the ancient world – that makes them a must-see on any trip to Alexandria.
Then, just as quickly as you escaped to the past, you'll fast forward to the future as you marvel at the ultramodern Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Your guide will takes you through the history, philosophy, art, and science that come together in this library with its 11 cascading levels and glass-paneled roof that points out to the Mediterranean Sea like a sundial.
Something old. Something new. At Alexandria, the best of both worlds is waiting for you.
You bet your ass that's an ancient tomb
Research shows that donkeys are in fact smart animals. It turns out they're also clumsy. On September, 28, 1900, a donkey hauling a cart of stones lost its footing and fell through a hole in the ground. Thankfully, it wasn't a rabbit hole he fell through. It was the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa – one of the most astounding discoveries in ancient history. Guess donkeys aren't just clumsy, they're a little lucky as well.
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