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Alexandria, the shining pearl of the Mediterranean, and the beacon radiating its culture and heritage to the world at large

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The second largest city and the main port of Egypt, Alexandria was built by the greek architect Dinocrates (332-331 BC) on the site of an old village, Rhakotis, at the orders of Alexander the Great. The city, immortalizing Alexander's name, quickly flourished into a prominent cutural, intellectual, political, and economic metropolis, the remains of which are still evident to this day.

It was the renowned capital of the Ptolemies, with numerous monuments. It was the site of the Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as well as the Great Library. It was along these shores that history took a tragic turn at the time of Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Octavian.

Alexandria lies north-west of the Nile delta and stretches along a narrow land strip between the Mediterranean Sea and Lake Mariut (Mareotis). It is linked to Cairo by two major highways and a railroad line. It is one of the most notable summer resorts in the Middle East, for, in addition to its temperate winters, its beaches, with white sands and magnificent scenery, stretch for 140 km along the Mediterranean Sea, from Abu Qir, in the east to Al-Alamein and Sidi Abdul Rahman, in the west.

Quick Reference

History Guide

Visitor Guide

Picture Gallery


Map of Eastern Districts

Map of Western Districts

Alexandrians on the Internet

Links to Related Sites

Internet and E-mail Access

Other Alexandrias Around the World

Egypt Cairo References City Net

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Last updated November 9, 1996

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