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March 26, 2016

Alexandria

Last of Egypt! We did a day trip to Alexandria while we were in Cairo. Alexandria was of course founded by Alexander the Great, and one of the most important cities of Ancient Rome. I was really excited to visit, since most of what I knew about Ancient Egypt was actually from a period of fascination with Cleopatra when I was younger.



The Mediterranean.


The Citadel, on the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria.


No pictures allowed, but the Catacombs are so awesome. You go down a spiral staircase underground to the burial chambers. It's full of carvings and sculptures that are a mix of Roman and Ancient Egyptian style.


Pompey's Pillar, a Roman victory column.




It's on a mound that gives good views of the buildings around.



Alexandria has an interesting vibe, it's hard to describe. It's got that atmosphere all seaside places seem to have, but of course it's not a small town. It kind of feels resort-y as well, but in a decaying kind of way.





Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the library which commemorates the Library of Alexandria which was destroyed.

Phew, all the Egypt posts done... now it's going to be the Spain and Portugal photos (this is never ending I know).

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