Catacombs & Pompey's Pillar & Roman Ampitheater

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Kom el-Shuqafa Catacombs is a vast Roman burial site which dates back to the 1st century AD and houses more than 300 tombs. A remarkable feat of rock cut architecture, the tombs laid out along an underground network display great technological know-how and artistic excellence. The intricate decorative artwork seen here is unique and is a fusion of ancient Egyptian artistry with that of Greek and Roman styles. Situated near Pompey's Pillar, the Catacombs are open to visitors from 9 am to 5 pm.

Pompey’s Pillar, a great red granite column that stands 30 m high with a diameter of 2.7 m, is the tallest ancient monument still intact in Alexandria. The pillar thought to have been erected in 297 AD stands amidst the ruins of the Serapeum, which was an acropolis built to honour the Egyptian god Serapis. Nothing much of the Serapeum remains now except a few sphinxes but the single shaft pillar is really impressive.

Roman Amphitheater: Every town in ancient Rome had an Amphitheatre, which means, "double theatre" They were grand and impressive, shaped in a half circle, open to the sky, and might have held 100,000 people. Imagine yourself in ancient Alexandria; in the Roman theatre on a hot afternoon, all you can smell is the Mediterranean mist, all you can see are wild beasts, driven in through the tall doorway, and the fighters coming in from all around the floor. The Roman theatre is located in the modern area of Kom El-Dikaa, which is almost in the center of the city of Alexandria, bordered by Horrya street from the north, Nabi Daniel street from the west, Abdel Moneim street from the south, and Saphia Zaghloul street from the east.


Pick up service from your hotel in Alexandria and return; English speaking guide; Entrance fees to the mentioned historical places; Qualified Egyptologist Guide; All transfers by a modern air conditioned vehicle; All service charges & taxes.


Any extras not mentioned in the program; Gratuities (optional).

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Available daily; Pickup any time between 9:00am and 11:00am.


Approximately 6 hours.

Location Tour begins & ends at client's hotel.


Tour begins & ends at client's hotel.

Policies Please be ready 15 minutes before the scheduled pick up time. Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

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Alexandria Alexandria , Alexandria, Egypt


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