Alexandria , “Pearl of the Mediterranean”, has a rich history filled with Greek influence and has grown into one of Egypt’s most popular attractions. Alexandria extends about 32 km along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in north-central Egypt.
Besides being well known because of its lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; and its library (the largest library in the ancient world); and the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages ,it offers an amazing number of interesting sights like : Cavafy Museum, Aquarium & Marine Life Museum , Al-Montazah Palace, Catacombs of Kom al-Shoqafa, Museum of Fine Arts, Mostafa Kamel Graveyard, Mosque of Abu El-Abbas al-Mursi, Graeco-Roman Museum , Hussein Sobhy Museum of Fine Arts and St. Marcos Church.
In beauty, greatness and wealth, Alexandria surpasses all other cities, as it is more than five thousand years old, with hundreds of touristic sites like Pharoahnic, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Coptic, and modern monuments.
Alexandria offers some of the best scuba diving experiences in the world, with more sites being discovered each year. The wealth of this area is quite impressive as this part of the Mediterranean boasts no reefs or colorful tropical fish, but rather a wealth of archeological treasures such as sunken cities, palaces and numerous wrecks. Deep beneath the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt’s ancient capital Alexandria lies a wealth of archaeological artifacts. It’s a treasure trove of 20000 objects and counting, thousands of years old providing archaeologists the key to unlocking the mystery of ancient Egypt and its rulers. One of them is the last Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra. Experts estimate that some 7000 monuments belonging to the Pharaonic and Roman dynasties are preserved under Alexandria’s waves.
Some of the more interesting diving sites are: underwater city of Cleopatra and her Palace, Underwater city of Heracleon, below Quaitbay Fort and Napoleon’s Wrecks .
Posted by : Yasmine Aladdin.