Alexandria: The City of Alexander the Great

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Alexandria.
Alexandria, one of the prettiest sites Mr. The Great founded and the only place in Egypt where it snows, is located on the Mediterranean and is a plethora of Greco-Roman goodies.  From crawling through the labyrinth of catacombs under the city insearch of my buddy Alex's lost soma (tomb), to admiring Pompey's Pillar (which was really built by Diocletian), to climbing around the site of the Pharos Lighthouse (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) which has been replace by the Citadel of Qaitbey - Alexandria and I really hit it off.  The city has a much different feel than the rest of Egypt.  It is usually a little bit cooler due to the fact that it is a port town, it is more laid back than Cairo and has more of a mediterranean than Arab vibe.
Entrance to the catacombs.
  And there is weather!  I know, who thought I would be so happy to feel wind, see clouds, experience rain, and be able to breath the air without inhaling a lungful of smog!  But, after spending months living in Cairo, where every day (but the 3 days a year it rains) it is sunny, 90 - 100 degrees F, not a cloud in the sky, no wind and a thick blanket of smog; Alexandria seemed like another world. 

The Greco-Roman museum had some nice pieces and was definitely worth the visit (and this from a Greco-Roman snob who snoodes most of it because it is so "young").   There are also a number of Greco-Roman necropoli that are not connected to the catacombs.  These are good representations of Greco-Roman tombs, but not as interestingly carved as the tombs in the catacombs.  The Greco-Roman era was a time when people combined gods from different civilizations - just in case.  For example, one carving in the catacombs depicts Anubis with a snake tail and wearing Roman armor. 

You can do Alexandria in one full day, but if you have the time two days is ideal.  And if you happen to get the urge to crawl into some dark, dank hole, wiggle your way through into an underground chamber, and then happen to stumble upon Mr. The Great's tomb; drop me a line.  I'm an ace at tombs, plus I have a date with Alexander's mummified remains.
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Alexandria.
Alexandria.
Entrance to the catacombs.
Entrance to the catacombs.
Alexandria at night.
Alexandria at night.
Alexandria.
Alexandria.
Catacombs.
Catacombs.
Catacombs.
Catacombs.
Catacombs.
Catacombs.
Catacombs.
Catacombs.
Greco-Roman relief inside catacomb…
Greco-Roman relief inside catacom…
Catacombs.
Catacombs.
Pompeys Pillar.
Pompey's Pillar.
Greco-Roman tombs.
Greco-Roman tombs.
Serapis. Greco-Roman Museum
Serapis. Greco-Roman Museum
Baby mummy with gold mask. Greco-R…
Baby mummy with gold mask. Greco-…
Mosaic. Greco-Roman Museum.
Mosaic. Greco-Roman Museum.
Golden Mummy. Greco-Roman Museum.
Golden Mummy. Greco-Roman Museum.
Citadel of Qaitbey.
Citadel of Qaitbey.
Amphitheatre in Alexandria.
Amphitheatre in Alexandria.
Library at Alexandria.
Library at Alexandria.
Alexandria.
Alexandria.
Alexandria
photo by: Nzelvis