Alexandria Attractions - More Than Just Alexandria Library!
"...There are enough Alexandria attractions to keep you off the ship for the whole day or two of your stay!"
It's funny to think that, had it not been destroyed in wars, riots, earthquakes and sieges, Alexandria would have been a tourist attraction bigger than Athens or Rome!
NOTE: There are a few different ways you can go around sightseeing Alexandria attractions, but the one we absolutely do not recommend is getting off the ship, exiting the Alexandria port area and trying to walk around on your own. All Alexandria sights to see are too spread out and you won't get to see anything. The best way to see Alexandria attractions are: taking one of the cruise organized shore excursions, booking a private tour online or taking one of the Alexandria taxi cars, if you're more of an adventurous type!
Hardly any Alexandria attractions from old times are still standing to this day, but with those few that do and a little bit of imagination, it will be easy to imagine the grandeur of the once biggest Hellenistic center, ancient Alexandria!
If you came to Alexandria 2000 years ago, you would literally have been blinded by the amount of marble that clad Alexandria's streets; you would have been stunned by the amount of theatres, temples and baths it had.
At that time, some of the biggest Alexandria attractions, unfortunately non-existent any more, were:
- The Lighthouse of Alexandria, built by the Ptolemies on the Eastern end of the Pharos island, to indicate where the new city stood for those coming from the sea
- The Ptolemaic palace or Cleopatra's palace, now lying under the Eastern Harbour
- The Mouseion with its lecture halls, laboratories, observatories, a zoo, a park and the famous Alexandria library.
- Soma, Alexander's Mausoleum - the burial place of the legendary Alexander the Great is somewhat of a mystery...it stood at the crossroads of the two main streets of Alexandria, close to today's mosque Nebi Daniel, and then suddenly dissapeared in the 4th century. You can read more about it in our article Alexander the Great History and Myth.
- The temple of Serapis, built by the Ptolemies on the acropolis of Alexandria. Not much is left from this structure today, but its position is marked with Pompeii's pillar.
Still, in Alexandria, there are enough attractions to keep you off the ship for the whole day or two of your stay. If you are on one of those ships that have an overnight in Alexandria, make sure you don't miss these:
To locate the attractions of Alexandria, open our customized Alexandria Egypt Map
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