PLACES to SEE in ALEXANDRIA
THE GRAECO-ROMAN MUSEUM
Houses many collections of rare Greek and Roman relics and coins - about 40 thousand pieces, from the 3rd century B.C. to the 7th century A.D. The most important being the "Tanafra" statues.
So named in the Middle Ages, it is a granite pillar, over 25 meters high, and built amidst the ruins of the Serapium, in 297 A.D., in honour of Emperor Diocletian.
THE ROMAN THEATRE
At Kom al-Dikkah, near the Graeco-Roman Museum, the theatre is considered unique in Egypt for having twelve
semi-circular marble tiers. It is in good condition.
THE CATACOMBS OF KOM AL-SHOQAFA
This is the largest Roman cemetery. It is of three levels and cut in the rock to a depth of 100 feet. Dating to the
beginning of the 2nd century A.D. It is a blend of Pharaonic and Roman art.
Built along the lines of the old Greek houses. It comprises a doorway, corridor and two chambers. It dates to the
3rd century B.C. and lies north of St. Mark's College.
THE TOMBS OF AL-ANFUSHI
These five Ptolemic tombs, from the 3rd century B.C., were discovered in 1901 A.D.
THE TOMBS OF MUSTAFA KAMEL (RUSHDY)
These four subterranean rock-hewn tombs, from the 2nd century B.C., are distinguished by their bright colours
and relief inscriptions that tell of the daily activities and religious beliefs of the deceased.
THE FORT OF QAIT BAY
Built on the northern tip of the Eastern Port, and on the site of the ancient Pharos of Alexandria, the fort has three levels similar to mediavel fortresses. It also houses the naval museum to revive Alexandria's old naval heritage.
THE MOSQUE OF MURSI ABUL ABBAS
Situated in Al-Anfushi. This Andalusian-style mosque is the largest in the city. It has four domes and a very tall minaret.
Built on a low plateau east of Alexandria and overlooking a beautiful beach, amid about 370 feddans of gardens and woods, the Palace comprises a number of buildings, the most important being Al-Haramlek, the summer residence of the former royal family.
Palestine Hotel, a tourist hotel, was built in the gardens, while Al-Haramlek was turned into a luxury hotel.
ABU KIR SUBURB
One of the calmest beaches, famous for fishing and its sea-food restaurants.
THE ROYAL JEWELLERY MUSEUM
Originally the Palace of Fatma al-Zahraa, in Zizinia, it is an architectural masterpiece. Its many rooms and halls contain many rare paintings, statues and decorations, as well as a priceless collection of jewels of the Mohammed Ali dynasty.
THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Houses collections of sculptures, paintings and architectural works. Exhibitions by contemporary foreign and Egyptian artists are often hed here. Furthermore, the museum organizes the Alexandria Biennali, every two years, to exhibit the art of the Mediterranean countries.
THE HYDROBIOLOGICAL INSTITUTE AND MUSEUM
Located at Al-Anfushi, near Qait Bay Fortress, the museum houses a rare collection of fish and marine life.
THE MONTAZAH PALACE GARDENS
These gardens cover and area of 370 feddans and contain trees, palms and flowers. There is also a museum, several natural bays and beaches, as well as complete tourist center, a hotel, restaurants, bungalows and a children's park 4.5 feddans in area.