Monday, April 12, 2004

Catacombs of Kom Ash-Shuqqafa

Catacombs of Kom Ash-Shuqqafa, or Kom Elchogafa Catacombs is just 5 minutes walk away, on the same street, from Pompey's Pillar. It's the largest burial site in Egypt, and discovered accidentally in 1900 when a donkey disappeared through the ground. To enter, we descended a spiral staircase cut into a circular shaft, in which the bodies of the dead would have been lowered on ropes down the centre of the shaft, to come to a rotunda. The catacombs consists of 3 tiers of tombs and chambers, with the lowest level been floeded.

Tip: Entrance ticket costs EGP 12 (EGP 6 for student)

At the compound of Catacombs. Too bad photography not allowed. We did bring in an underwater camera, and secretly took some photos, but the photos were in such a bad conditions. :(


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