Roman catacombs of Kom es-Shoqafa

One of Alexandria's most memorable monuments are the Catacombs of Kom es-Shoqafa. The catacombs were discovered in 1900 when a donkey disappeared through the ground. The catacombs were originally constructed in the second century AD. The triple level complex, hewn 35 meter into solid rock, is reached via a spiral stairway.
The main attraction is the central tomb, whose vestibule is guarded by reliefs of bearded serpents with Medusa-headed shields. Inside are comically muscular statues of the ancient Egyptian gods Sobek, the crocodille god and Anubis, the jackalheaded god, wearing Roman armour. They date from the time when ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman faiths began to merge and melt.