Catacombs of Kom El Shokafa

Catacombs of Kom El Shokafa in Alexandria

The word “Kom El shoukafa” in arabic means the pile of potshards. This is due to the fact that there were pile of broken dishes and plates in the area of the tomb. As the ancient when they came to visit their dead relatives / families, they wanted to eat with them. Yet, it was a bad omen to return back with the dishes and plates, that is why it was always left or got broken before they leave.

The tomb itself dates back to the Roman Era and it is considered as one of the most unique tombs.
Not only you will get to see Roman art, but Greek and Egyptian art as well.
The Catacombs of Kom El Shoukafa was originally for a single wealthy roman family. Yet with time, it expanded and was used for other ones.
It has a huge number of graves including the grave of animal and the human remains of those who were excuted by the Roman Emperor Caracalla.
The tomb is organized around a central spiral staircase for multiple levels, but unfortunately the lower levels are flooded with underground water.
It is indeed a wonderful place to visit