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Culture of Alexandria. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Sunrise in Old Town Alexandria You would probably need more than one day to explore all the city attractions. A lot of sightseeing routes pass through the city, so each traveler can choose the most interesting sites. In Alexandria, you can find one of the oldest libraries in the world - Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The historic library building has been completely restored and currently houses a conference center, three museums, a planetarium and several art galleries. At the same time, the library has not lost its original purpose - its halls contain more than 8 million books.
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An interesting historic landmark is Villa Ambron where the famous writer Lawrence Darrell lived. Throughout its existence, the building has never been renovated, so now it looks very dilapidated. An important sightseeing facility is the Graeco-Roman Museum housing a huge collection of antique pieces of art. Forty thousand exhibits also include ancient statuettes, elegant vases, and paintings. Fans of walking in picturesque places should think about visiting Montazah Palace Gardens. A beautiful mansion stands on one of the rocks, its construction was completed in 1914. The mansion is surrounded by a large park with a picnic area.
One of the most mysterious local attractions is the catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. According to archaeologists, they were built in the 2nd century BC. This is a large-scale labyrinth of tombs on three levels. The catacombs feature a beautiful architecture. On the walls of the labyrinth, you can see inscriptions with words from old prayers. On the island of Pharos is Fort Qaitbay dating back to the end of the 15th century. The fort stands in the very place where the famous Alexandria lighthouse was once located. Part of the fortress halls is converted into the Naval Museum. The Royal Jewellery Museum occupies one of the beautiful historic mansions. Besides its unique jewelry that belonged to the royal dynasty, the museum also has a large collection of weapons and gem-encrusted interior decorations. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Stanley Bridge slightly contrasts with the historic buildings. It was built in a modern style, however, in spite of this fact, it is still considered to be a prominent architectural landmark which is definitely worth visiting. Known for its unique appearance, lovers have for long set their hearts on it because it is one of the most romantic places in the city. That said, one must go and visit the Corniche at least in order to enjoy the best views of the sea. This is one of the longest quays in Egypt, and walking along it will be such a pleasure.
The ruins of the Roman amphitheater reminiscent of the Roman reign in Egypt are one of the most noticeable landmarks in the city. However, as it turned out, the building used to be the Alexandria University (Kom El-Deka). Nonetheless, by the time it was discovered, the name “Roman Amphitheater” had already been firmly established. This is one of the most significant structures of antiquity, not only in Egypt, but throughout the world. The place is notable for the fact that each stone is ideally processed and also perfectly fitted to another stone. It is one of the most important attractions of the city, and therefore must be seen.
Second biggest city of the country, Alexandria is also known as the largest port and an internationally famous resort. Each year the city attracts thousands of tourists mainly by its … Open
The city is prominent for its gorgeous religious sites. The beautiful mosque of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi is an excellent confirmation of the fact that there are interesting temples in the city. Everything is beautiful here, both on the outside and the inside. The building is surrounded by colorful residences and greenery. Another interesting place of worship is the El Qaed Ibrahim Mosque. It is one of the most recognizable sights of Alexandria. It was built in the year 1948 by the architect called Mario Rossi. The building impresses everyone with its architecture. On the other hand, the interior decoration can also amaze an inexperienced tourist. One cannot help but mention the St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, a monumental building which has also a historical value.
There are many wonderful sculptures in the city. Among them you should see Serapéion, which is next to Pompey’s Pillar and stands out as a monument to an unknown sea soldier. It is erected in memory of those whose permanent residence became the sea after their death. You will find the structure near the marine base. Pompey’s Pillar telling about the ancient times, rises like a warning tower of the city, which gives a signal to Serapéion. In his turn, Serapéion will defend the city when it is needed. The monument was built on the site of the Serapeum of Alexandria which was destroyed at the end of the 4th century.
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Also in the city there are plenty of interesting museums that store exhibits of a particular time. In the Royal Jewelry Museum, you can enjoy a beautiful collection of kings’ jewelry as well as amazing works of architectural and design art. The Alexandria National Museum is perhaps the best place to learn about the history of the city. The most important artifact here is considered to be the mosaic image of Alexander the Great and his bust. In addition, ancient Egyptian statues and mummies can be found here too.
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Alexandria

Culture guide to Alexandria. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Alexandria: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Alexandria. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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