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Alexandria City Guide - Sights to See
The city of Alexandria was founded by chance. After Alexander had conquered Egypt, he set out to visit the Oracle of Amon. On his way across the Delta, he was struck by this area, which had a natural, protected port. Under his orders, a beautiful city was erected in his name, but after his departure, he never saw the city again. When he died, his body was returned for burial in a splendid tomb. There is no trace of this tomb today. Because Alexandria is on the sea, it can be a little cool. The natives like to tell visiting Americans that the city "looks like Miami Beach". And it does from a distance. But with the quality of Egyptian construction being what it is, closer inspection will change your opinion. If you have a choice of visiting Alexandria by first class train or by private auto, choose the train. The auto ride is terrible and seemingly takes forever.

Midan Saad Zaghloul: The center square of Alexandria.

Fort of Qaitbay: This fort protects the eastern harbor, and was built by one of the Mamlouk sultans who ruled Egypt in the 15th century.

Roman Amphitheatre of Kom El Dikka: Built in the 2nd century AD. From the top you can look down over the excavations of some of the old Roman city.

Pompey's Pillar And The Serapeum: This is actually a victory column erected for Diocletian by his troops. Next to the pillar are a couple of small granite Sphinxes. To the right, down the hill, are remains of the Serapeum... a Greco-Egyptian temple dedicated to the God Serapis.

Catacombs of Kom El Shogafa: Hours 9-5. These are very interesting Christian catacombs. You enter, by climbing down a spiral stairwell.

Montaza Palace: 10 miles east of Alexandria, this former residence of the royal family was built in 1892. It was from this palace that King Farouk went into exile. It's built in a gaudy style with multi-colored marble, ornate chandeliers, and incredible furnishings. Hours 9-5.

Graeco-Roman Museum: Daily 9-4PM. Friday 9-1PM. It's worthwhile to visit this museum to convince yourself that Alexandria was really a major city of the Classical world. Many Classical marble pieces, fragments of frescoes, and early coins.
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