Highlights in Alexandria

Highlights in Alexandria during a Mediterranean cruise

Sphinx

  • one of the most visited sites in Alexandria
  • placed in honor of the Roman emperor Diocletian
  • stands on a block of 400 tons of red Aswan granite

Pompey's Pillar

  • Roman triumphal column
  • 26.85 m high with a diameter of 2.71 m
  • weighs 285 tonnes
  • built in 297 AD

Roman amphitheater Kom Al Dikka

  • consisted of thirteen semi-circular layers of white marble
  • the columns are of green marble imported from Asia and red granite from Aswan
  • the walls are layered with extraordinary amounts of potsherds

Stanley Bridge

  • 400 meters long bridge
  • modern architectural style
  • spectacular, especially at night

Montazah Palace

  • palace and beautiful gardens in the Montaza district
  • built in 1892 by Khedive Abbas II
  • Al Montaza Park are the former royal gardens of 150 acres

Opera House

  • opera house, built in 1918
  • now an important cultural center

El-Mursi Abul Abbas Mosque

  • famous mosque dedicated to the Sufi El-Mursi Abul Abbas
  • located in the Anfoushi district
  • built from 1929-1945
  • designed by Eugenio Valzania and Mario Rossi

Qaitbay Citadel

  • fortress from the 15th century
  • built on the ruins of the Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • founded by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay

Royal Library of Alexandria

  • the largest and most important library of Ancient Times
  • important center of science in the 3rd century BC
  • later destroyed, much knowledge was lost

Corniche

  • kilometers long boulevard
  • along the Mediterranean
  • approximately 4 kilometers from the cruise port