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Maximum depth below ground: 100 feet (30m)Rediscovered: September 28th, 1900Made by: Cutting into the natural underground rock.Constructed: 2nd Century ADFunction: Tombs with ceremonial feasting hall.Style: Mixture with Egyptian, Greek and Roman elements.Other: Supposedly discovered when a donkey fell through a hole in the ground.
Archeologists believe that the Catacomb of Kom el Shoqafa was started in the 2nd century A.D. and was used to intern the dead for the next 200 years. This was a period in the history of the city of Alexandria when there was a great mixing of different cultures. Of course, there was the ancient history of the great Egyptian kingdoms which went back thousands of years. Also in 332 B.C. Alexander the Great had conquered the land, established the city of Alexandria, and started a dynasty of Greek rulers who brought their own culture to the metropolis. Finally, in 31 B.C. the Romans took control of the city and added their traditions.