Monday, April 12, 2004

Pompey's Pillar & The Serapeum

We walked to Pompey's Pillar and the Serapeum after came out of Roman Amphitheatre. It supposed to be close by, about 1.5km away, but we took some time to find it. There were a lot of taxi drivers that brought trouble, instead of pointing to correct direction. We met with a couple of Western tourists later, their map was better, so we just followed them to get the way. :) Lucky.

Pompey's Pillar which has a circumference of nine metres, was erected in AD 293 at the Serapeum complex for Diocletian, not Pompey. The Crusaders mistakely credited it to the Roman general Pompey. The Serapeum and library were destroyed in AD 391 by the Christians, leaving only the pillar as the only ancient monument remaining whole and standing in Alexandria.

Tip: Entrance ticket costs EGP 6 (EGP 3 for student)

Pompey's Pillar, it supposed to be straight, but my shooting skill a bit sorry.

Pompey's Pillar and one of the Sphinx

Roman Bath? How they bathed?

Sphinx of Horemheb


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