Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa

It seems in Egypt that one only has to ride a donkey over a patch of unassuming land to discover a new archaeological wonder – as finds at Bahariya, Luxor and here in Alexandria show! Just such an accident in 1900 revealed what is the world’s largest Roman burial site, a network of underground passages, tombs and antechambers called the Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, arguably Alexandria’s premier attraction. Visitors descend down a spiral staircase to discover a warren of passages going down some 20 or more metres below street level.


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