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  • 1 Bibliotheca Alexandrina Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    ET - Alexandrie

    In the shape of a solar disk, Alexandria's new library was built on the site of its prestigious predecessor and is set to shine once more in the Mediterranean world. Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, it seems to emerge from the water. The side ..

  • 2 Corniche Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    ET - Alexandrie

    A stroll along the Corniche, from Qaitbay Fort to the new library, gives a real insight into the Mediterranean character of a city looking to the West. It will also give you a taste of the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the 1930s to the 1950s, for exampl..

  • 3 Alexandria National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    110 Sh. Tariq Al-Horreyya 110 ET - Alexandrie

    This museum, which was inaugurated in 2003, houses around 2 000 pieces from the Pharaonic era to the Greco-Roman, Coptic and Islamic periods, as well as finds from marine archaeology explorations carried out off Alexandria's shores. The museum's trea..

  • 4 Greco-Roman Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    5 Sh. El-Mathaf 5 ET - Alexandrie

    The collections mainly cover the Greco-Roman period, although finds from digs in the Delta, El Fayum and the Alexandria region have been added over the years. The museum, founded by Italian archaeologist Giuseppe Botti in 1892, is closed for works bu..

  • 5 Qaitbay Fort Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    ET - Alexandrie

    Long after its light was extinguished memories of it glowed in the minds of men. Thus EM Forster described the lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In the 15C Sultan Ashraf Qaitbay decided to build an imposing fortress whe..

  • 6 Catacombs of Kom el-Shugafa Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Alexandrie

    This vast hypogeum with a capacity for up to 300 tombs dates from the beginning of our era and stands on three underground levels dug out of the rock as deep as 35m. The finest, or Main Tomb (2C), is reached by a spiral staircase and boasts exception..

  • 7 Pillar of Pompeii and Serapeum Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Alexandrie

    Little remains of the Serapeum, a sanctuary dedicated to the Greco-Roman god Serapis (combination of Osiris and Apis), as it was destroyed by the Christians. Happily, the Pillar of Pompeii, dedicated to Emperor Diocletian (contrary to what its name m..

  • 8 Kom el-Dik Roman Theatre Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ET - Alexandrie

    Unearthed in 1963 by the Polish Centre for Mediterranean Archaeology after a Napoleonic fort had been razed to make way for construction projects, this white marble odeon with a capacity of 800 spectators dates from the 4C. Laid out in a semi-circle ..

  • 9 Alexandria Antiquities Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    ET - Alexandrie

    A thousand exhibits illustrate the history of Egypt from Pharaonic times up to the Islamic era. The collection of the Antiquities Museum is accompanied by objects found during construction of the new library (most notably the mosaic depicting a sitti..

  • 10 Alexandria Manuscript Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    ET - Alexandrie

    The Manuscript Museum boasts an incredible selection of the treasures of the Library. The collection is so large that the hundred or so manuscripts on display at any one time are regularly rotated. A few rare pieces remain, however, such as the facsi..

  • 11 Royal Jewelry Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Sh. Ahmed Yehia ET - Alexandrie

    A beautiful villa built in 1919 for Fatma Ali Heider Fadel by an architect and ceramists from Italy houses the Royal Jewelry Museum, which was opened in 1986. Note the naturalistic animal friezes in the bathrooms and the sculpture by Jean-Baptiste Ca..

  • 12 Villa of Birds

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Dans l'enceinte du théâtre romain ET - Alexandrie

    Restored thanks to the American Research Center in Egypt and inaugurated in January 2001, this Roman villa had been built over by the Byzantines in the late 5C. The flooring is decorated with beautiful mosaics, mostly dating from Hadrian's reign. Stu..

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