A Panoramic Tour of Alexandria
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Egypt was known for not only building beautiful and meaningful structures, but also for rebuilding them – and usually even more grand and awe-inspiring than before.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is the perfect example. Thought to be built on the grounds of its famous library that was destroyed by fire, this feat of contemporary architecture looks like a disc pointing out to the Mediterranean Sea. It houses one main library, six specialized libraries, a planetarium, several museums, a school for information science, a conference center and auditorium, and much more. With its state-of-the-art engineering and construction designed to mitigate the effects of natural disasters, this center of learning and culture will be around for a long, long time.
Another famous landmark that you'll get to experience was built on the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Fort Qaitbey was constructed around 1480 AD where the Lighthouse of Alexandria, also called the Pharos of Alexandria, once safely welcomed and guided visitors into the harbor. Upon first view, it looks like a fairy tale castle, but as you hear more about its history, you soon discover that it was a defensive stronghold that was home to some of the most modern weapons of its time. If you want something to remember it by, take pictures, as there is a warning above the entrance stating that anyone who takes items from the tower will be hanged.
Regardless of which landmark you're visiting, you'll have a rich understanding of Egypt's past and a good sense of its future at the completion of this tour.
Alexandria, the land down under?
Despite popular belief, it's still possible to visit the Lighthouse (Pharos) of Alexandria. You just have to put on scuba gear and go underwater to do so. The area where divers found the remains of the first and most famous lighthouse, which sank into the harbor during an earthquake in 1303 AD, is now an underwater archaeological park. It welcomes visitors to the bay much like the lighthouse welcomed ships thousands of years ago.
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