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Amazing tour to Alexandria highlights from Port Alexandria. Enjoy an Alexandria shore excursion while your cruise ship is moored in Port Alexandria. Discover the magnificent highlights of the beautiful City of Alexandria. Explore the Roman Catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar, Citadel of Qaitbay, Roman Amphitheatre, and the Library of Alexandria.
Begin your tour to Alexandria highlights from Port Alexandria by meeting your guide at Alexandria Port.
The first stop of your tour to Alexandria highlights from Port Alexandria is at the Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa. Go down a winding stairway to see how deep the ancient Greco-Romans tunneled into the bedrock. Initially built for a single wealthy family practicing a fusion of Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman religion; the Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa entombed over 300 mummies.
See bearded serpents crowned with the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt, the hovering solar disc above the archway and customary funerary deities joined with Greco-Roman motifs. The catacombs are a monumental testament to the enduring myths of Ancient Egypt despite centuries of Greek and Roman rule. Kom El-Shoqafa means literally “piles of shards”. It was discovered by pure chance in 1900 when a donkey-drawn cart fell into a pit.
The second stop of your tour to Alexandria highlights from Port Alexandria is at the Pompey’s Pillar. It is a Roman triumphal pillar. It is the largest of its type. Pompey’s Pillar is the only known free-standing pillar in Roman Egypt. The pillar’s shaft measures 20.5 meters high with a diameter of 2.7 meters at its base. It was built in 297 AC. It commemorates the victory of the Roman Emperor Diocletian over an Alexandrian revolt.