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ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT

Ancient Treasures


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We sailed into Alexandria’s West Harbor with a nice view of the palace of the last King – now used by the Egyptian Navy.

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Traffic in the city is chaotic and noisy. This monument is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, viewed from the rear..

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Somehow, carriage drivers find room to “park” their horses.

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We toured the National Museum of Alexandria which contains 1,800 pieces of art- none of which have ever been exhibited before. This photo of a photo shows a diver discovering treasures of ancient Alexandria. Just within the past 20 years artifacts were raised during underwater excavations in the ancient port.

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Remember Hatshepsut’s Temple from our Valley of the Kings trip? Here she is! (To help us remember the Queen’s name, our guide called her “hot chicken soup”.)

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The Alexandrian Library, originally built in 283 BC by Alexander the Great, existed for 600 years as the world’s center of learning. A fire in the 4th century destroyed the Library and its museum, along with half a million volumes. In the open reading area seen here, sunlight coming through the glass windows is filtered through the calming colors of blue and green.

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The present library was started in 1995. It is a complex of three buildings and so much information that you’ll have to check out its website for yourself! (www.bibalex.org)

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Fort Qaitbey is visible here at the entrance of East Harbor. It is built on the site of the ancient Pharos Light House.

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Abu Abbas Al Mursi Mosque

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A friend for Lille Hästa – let’s call him Alexander.

Posted by Swenigale 20:07

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