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Temple of the Black Head in Alexandria

The Black Head Temple was discovered in the al-Raas al-Sawda (black head) area in 1936 on the road to Abu Qir, northeast of Alexandria.   The temple was built between the second and third centuries AD and has a staircase leading to a vestibule that includes four Ionic pillars.  In the middle of the vestibule stands […]

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Roman Theater in Alexandria

The Roman Amphitheatre is one of Alexandria’s most popular monuments. This is Egypt’s second most important city, after the capital, Cairo. While the amphitheaters were spread throught different countries like Greece, Italy, and Turkey during the reign of the Romans with many examples of these structures still present in many regions around Europe and the […]

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Mosque of Muhammad Ali

The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque (Arabic: مسجد محمد علي, Turkish: Mehmet Ali Paşa Camii) is a mosque situated in the Citadel of Cairo in Egypt and was commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848. Situated on the summit of the citadel, this Ottoman mosque, the largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century, is, with its animated silhouette and […]

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The Hanging Church

Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church (Coptic: ϯⲉⲕⲕⲗⲏⲥⲓⲁ ⲛ̀ⲧⲉⲑⲉⲟⲇⲟⲕⲟⲥ ϯⲁⲅⲓⲁ ⲙⲁⲣⲓⲁ Ϧⲉⲛ ⲃⲁⲃⲩⲗⲟⲛ ⲛ̀ⲭⲏⲙⲓ The Church of Mother of God Saint Mary in Egyptian Babylon), also known as The Hanging Church (Arabic: الكنيسة المعلقة‎ al Muʿallaqah, Coptic: ϯⲉⲕⲕⲗⲏⲥⲓⲁ ⲉϥⲓϣⲓ) is one of the oldest churches in Egypt and the history of a church on this site dates to the third century.[citation needed] It belongs to the Coptic Orthodox Church […]

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The Catacombs (Kom El-Shoukafa) in Alexandria

An Overview of the Catacombs Situated just to the west of Pompey’s Pillar, the Catacombs of Kom El Shuqafa are the largest and most important burial site in Egypt. They date back to the Greco Roman period. Kom El Shuqafa, or the hill of treasures in the Arabic language, was unearthed by chance in the […]

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Coptic Museum

The Coptic Museum is a museum in Coptic Cairo, Egypt with the largest collection of Egyptian Christian artifacts in the world. It was founded by Marcus Simaika in 1908 to house Coptic antiquities.[1] The museum traces the history of Egypt from its beginnings to the present day. It was erected on 8,000 square meter land offered by the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, under the guardianship of Pope Cyril V.History […]

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Pompey’s Pillar & the Temple of Serapeum

A massive 30m column looms over the debris of the glorious ancient settlement of Rhakotis, the original township from which Alexandria grew. Known as Pompey’s Pillar, for centuries the column, hewn from red Aswan granite, has been one of the city’s prime sights: a single, tapered shaft, 2.7m at its base and capped by a fine […]

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Library of Alexandria

Library of Alexandria, the most famous library of Classical antiquity. It formed part of the research institute at Alexandria in Egypt that is known as the Alexandrian Museum (Mouseion, “shrine of the Muses”). Libraries and archives were known to many ancient civilizations in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Syria, Asia Minor, and Greece, but the earliest such institutions were of a local and regional nature, primarily concerned with the conservation of […]

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El-Azhar Mosque

Al Azhar Mosque was the first Islamic University built in Cairo. It was constructed around 1,000 years ago and it was the official mosque for Friday prayer (jummah) for many years in Egypt. It was built by the great Fatimid army leader and the builder of Cairo, Gawhar El Seqelly, with the orders of the Fatimid […]

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Mosque of Ibn Tulun

The Mosque of Ibn Tulun (Arabic: مسجد إبن طولون‎, romanized: Masjid Ibn Ṭūlūn) is located in Cairo, Egypt. It is the oldest mosque in the city surviving in its original form, and is the largest mosque in Cairo in terms of land area.Construction history The mosque was commissioned by Ahmad ibn Tulun, the Turkic Abbassid governor of Egypt from 868–884 whose rule was characterized by de facto independence. The historian al-Maqrizi lists […]

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