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0900-1600 daily
0900-1200, 1400-1600 fri
£E12 entry
students £E6
camera £E10
video camera £E50

can be reached by
#15 tram from Raml

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32nd Dynasty

Alexander the Great


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roman baths
villa of the birds
caracalla tombs
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bibliotheca alexandrina
montazah palace

pompey's pillar
qaitbay fort
roman excavation
roman theatre


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Fort of Sultan Qaitbai

Of course, nothing remains of the original lighthouse except a few foundation blocks in the northwest portion of the enclosure wall and the facade of the keep. The third story collapsed in 700 AD (or was destroyed by treasure hunters) and the rest fell to ruin. Earthquakes in 1100 and 1307 destroyed the foundations. The second level was eventually restored by Ibn Tulun, but neglect left the structure in ruins by the fourteenth century.

men fishing off the promontory and stone breakers

Recently, excavations in the harbor have found stone blocks and statuary that may be from the lighthouse and nearby Temple of Cleopatra. Her royal court has been lost since a series of earthquakes caused it to collapse into the sea. Statues and blocks of a great temple lie in the shallow harbor. A french marine archeologist, Franck Goddio, discovered the ruins in the harbor.

the surf was high, but people were out on the platforms

You can currently dive the ruins, and there are apparently plans to open an underwater museum.


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