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Alexandria things to do

 

 

The Roman Amphitheater is located in Sharia Youssef, on Midan al-Gamhouriya, Alexandria. This Theatre was the only one discovered in Alexandria and it dates back to the First and Second Centuries A.D. The Theatre consists of auditorium and skene and between them there is the place of the orchestra. The steps of the theatre are made of marble except for the lower step which was made of red granite. The floor of the skene is decorated with mosaic taking the shape of some geometrical motifs such as circle, rectangle, and triangle.

 

 

 

Pompey’s Pillar & the Temple of Serapeum 
 

 

Our True Egypt A/C Coach will take you to Pompey’s Pillar and the Temple of Serapis which is located in Alexandria 3 hours driving from Cairo and most of the time people start their visit by either the Catacomb of Kom El-Shokafa or the Roman Amphitheatre. The Catacomb is very close to Pompey’s Pillar so most of time if you start your visit by the Catacomb Pompey’s Pillar will be your second site to visit. It is something like 5 minutes from the Catacomb. It is a very crowded area nearby the open air market of Alexandria and the tram area.

 

 

 

Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa 
 
 
 
A short walk from Pompey’s Pillar is Kom ash-Shuqqafa. Discovered accidentally in 1900 when a donkey disappeared through the ground, these catacombs are the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt and one of the last major works of construction dedicated to the religion of ancient Egypt. Demonstrating Alexandria’s hallmark fusion of Pharaonic and Greek styles, the architects used a Graeco-Roman approach. The catacombs consist of three tiers of tombs and chambers cut into bedrock to a depth of 35m (the bottom level is flooded and inaccessible).
 
 
The Cemetery of Mostafa Kamel 
 
 
 
 
This peaceful cemetery is worth visiting for its Ptolemaic, beautifully carved tombs dating back to the 2nd century BC. This cemetery is situated in Mostafa Kamel area, it dates back to the end of the 3rd century B.C. the beginning of the 2nd century. It was discovered in 1933, 1934 when they were preparing to make a football field, at that time, four tombs were discovered in two types.
 
 
Shatbi Tombs 
 
The tomb dates from the third century BC and was patterned after an old Greek house with an entrance, a front room, and a back room. It is very similar to the ones found in the Anfushi district, and is considered the oldest tombs in Alexandria. This necropolis was accidentally discovered in 1893.
 
 
Anfushi Tombs 
 
 
 
 
The pharaonic Anfushi Tombs in Alexandria date back to around 250 BC, and are located in a place that was once an island known as Pharos Island. The Anfushi Tombs were originally built in approximately 250 BC, towards the end of the Ptolemaic period, and just prior to the Roman period. The Anfushi Tombs are actually five individual tombs, although all five are in fact interconnected....
 
 
Fort Qaitbey ( Lighthouse Sight ) 
 
 
 
 
 The lighthouse, which had been in use for some 17 centuries, was finally destroyed by an earthquake and was in ruins for more than 100 years when Qaitbey ordered the fortification of the city’s harbour. Material from the fallen Pharos was reused, and if you get close to the outer walls you can pick out some great pillars of red granite, which in all likelihood came from the ancient lighthouse. Other parts of the ancient building are scattered around the nearby seabed.
 
 
Alexandrina Library ( Bibliotheca ) 
 
 
 
 
Alexandria’s ancient library was one of the greatest of all classical institutions, and while replacing it might seem a Herculean task, the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina manages it with aplomb. Opened in 2002, this impressive piece of modern architecture is a deliberate attempt to rekindle the brilliance of the original center of learning and culture. The complex has become one of Egypt’s major cultural venues and a stage for numerous international performers.
 
 
Montazah Palace Gardens 
 
 
 
 Khedive Abbas Hilmy (1892–1914) built Montazah as his summer palace, a refuge when Cairo became too hot. On a rocky bluff overlooking the sea, it’s designed in a pseudo-Moorish style, which has been given a Florentine twist with the addition of a tower modeled on one at the Palazzo Vecchio. The palace itself is off - limits to the public but the surrounding lush groves and gardens, planted with pines and palms, are accessible. They’re popular with courting couples and picnicking locals.
 
 
 
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