Kom El Shoqqafa is a distinctive historical site in Alexandria. It is considered one of the most interesting and spookiest Greco-Roman burial sites all over Egypt. Considered among the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages, many travelers who visit Alexandria love to explore the secrets of the tombs of Kom Al Shoqqafa.
The planning of the tombs of Kom Al Shoqqafa and the various decorations prove that not all these tombs were established at the same time.
The main burial site of Kom Al Shoqqafa was founded between the 1st and the 2nd centuries AD. This was probably during the ruling period of Emperor Hadrian, who ruled the Roman Empire from 117 to 138 AD.
Kom El Shoqqafa was discovered by coincidence back in 1900. This was when a donkey fell inside the main entrance of the burial site, which is 12 meters deep. This led archaeologists to discover all these tombs and statues we view today in Kom Al Shoqqafa.
The tombs of Kom Al Shoqqafa consist of a circular staircase, 10 meters long, that leads to the three underground floors that host the tombs.
The most interesting section of Kom Al Shoqqafa is what is named the Rotunda. This consists of a circular hall in the shape of a dome that is based on 6 columns. This section is featured with its distinctive red ornaments and other decorative elements that are rare to be found anywhere else.
Another interesting section of Kom Al Shoqqafa includes the Triclinium. This was where the family of the deceased ate meals when they visited the tombs. All the elements in this section are cut out of rocks including chairs for people to sit.