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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
Alexandria
Al Iskandariyah  Egypt

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The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa:

The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa (meaning " Mound of Shards" or Potsherds) is a historical archaeological site located in Alexandria, Egypt and is conisdered one of The Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages".
The necropolis conists of a series of Alexanderian Tombs, Statues, and Archaeological Objects of Pharaonic Funeral Cult with Hellenistic and early Imperial Roman Influences. Due to the time period, many of the features of the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa merge Roman, Greek and Egyptian Cultural Points, some statues are Egyptain in style, yet bear Roman Clothes and hair styles whilst other features share a similar style. A circular staircase, which often transport deseased bodies down the middle of it, leads into the tombs that were tunneled into the bedrock during the age of the Antonine Emperors (2nd Century A.D.). The facility was then used as a burial chamber from 2nd Century to the 4th Century, before being rediscovered in 1900 when a donkey accidentally fell into the access shaft. To date three Sarcophagi have been found along with other human and animal remains which were added later. It is believed that the catacombs were only intended for a single family, but it is unclear as why the site was expanded in order to house numerous other individuals. The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa is, according to some lists, also "One of The Seven Medieval Wonders of the World".



One of the More Gruesome Features of the Catacombs is the so called "Hall of Caracalla". According to tradition, this is a mass burial for humans and animals massacred by order of the Emperor Caracalla.
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