Excursion

Roman Alexandria

Pompey’s Pillar, Catacombs of Kom el Shuqafa and the Roman Theatre.

Price TBD
  • Code
    ALX-C
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    All
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    Approximately 3½ - 4 hours

Departing from the pier, stop at the imposing 84-foot Pompey’s Pillar. This was originally part of the Temple of Serapis and is made from one piece of polished rose granite.

Continue to the Catacombs of Kom el Shuqafa, which were the most important Roman burial grounds in Alexandria dating from the 2nd century AD. Here, over 300 corpses were lowered through a shaft into the immense catacombs, unique for their design and decoration. Your guide will take you through parts of the catacombs.

Next, visit the well-preserved Roman Theatre with galleries, sections of mosaic flooring and marble seats for up to 800 spectators. On your drive back to the pier, pass the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the modern Abou Al Abbas Mosque and the medieval Fort Quait Bey, which was built on the site where the Pharos Lighthouse once stood guarding the entrance of the harbor.