kom el shoqafa catacombs in alexandria

The Kom El Shoqafa Catacombs are an ancient underground burial site located in Alexandria, Egypt. They were discovered in 1900 and are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages.

The catacombs were used for the burial of wealthy Alexandrians during the Roman period, between the 2nd and 4th centuries AD. They contain a series of underground chambers, including the Triclinium, where mourners would gather and partake in funeral rituals.

The catacombs are known for their unique fusion of Egyptian and Greco-Roman art and architecture. The tombs are decorated with intricate carvings, paintings, and reliefs that depict a mixture of traditional Egyptian gods and mythical figures from Greek and Roman mythology.

Visitors to the Kom El Shoqafa Catacombs can explore the underground chambers and view the burial niches and sarcophagi. There is also a spiral staircase leading down to the main burial chamber, where a statue of the god Serapis once stood.

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