Alexandria (Iskendariyya)Much of Alexandria's history has gone. It is either 6m underground or under the sea. But here are some of the sights we saw.
|View from our hotel at Montazah, Alex||The mediterranean - lined with high rises that reminded some on the tour of the Gold Coast||Alexandria is famous for its seafood. Here locals get their own.|
|Front view of Fort Qaitbey (on site of Pharos lighthouse). Built in 1480||Back view of Fort Qaitbey - being rebuilt||Close up of erosion of sandstone by the sea. Just how much of the 1480 structure is left?|
|One of the sphinxes at the Serapeum. These were originally from Heliopolis.
Note the contrast in the housing in the background.
|"Pompey's pillar" in the Serapeum. This 30m pink granite column was actually erected for Diocletian in 293CE. However, apparently, it is the only ancient monument thatis whole and standing in Alex.||Not all the housing is modern and upmarket.|
|Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa. Roman burial site from 2nd century CE can hold 300 corpses. Discovered in 1900 when a donkey fell into a hole in the ground.||Inside the Bibliotheca Alexandria.
This was inspired by the original Great Library. Finished in 2002 it is designed to hold 8 million books.
There are also three small museums in the building including one with old manuscripts.
|Back view of Bibliotheca Alexandria. This is covered with symbols from every known alphabet.|
|Maria, Aida Nour, and Elenie modelling their costumes from Aida who met us in her home town of Alexandria.||The group at the Samalek Palace in the Montazah Palace Gardens.||"Belle Vista" where we got to taste the local sea food.|