The Building of Alexandria
The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, known
as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean", has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern ; its ambience
and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country although it is actually only 225 km. from Cairo.
by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria became the capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt, its status as a beacon of culture symbolized
by Pharos, the legendary lighthouse that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The setting for the stormy relationship
between Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Alexandria was also the center of learning in the ancient world. But ancient Alexandria
declined, and when Napoleon landed, he found a sparsely populated fishing village.
From the 19th century Alexandria
took a new role, as a focus for Egypt's commercial and maritime expansion. This Alexandria has been immortalized by writers
such as E-M- Forster and Cavafy. Generations of immigrants from Greece, Italy and the Levant settled here and made the city
synonymous with commerce, cosmopolitanism and bohemian culture.
Alexandria is a city to explore at random. It's as
important to enjoy the atmosphere as it is to see the sights.
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