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Excursion to Alexandria Egyptian: a review and a photo

This is the second part of the article about the excursion to Alexandria in Egypt. If you have not read the first part of the article, we recommend starting with it .

The next popular attraction in Alexandria is the Mosque of El Mursi Abul Abbas. A very beautiful mosque, which was built in the 13th century at the burial site of the famous Sufi el-Mursi Abul Abbas.

Мечеть эль-Мурси Абул Аббас

It is one of the oldest mosques in Egypt. It was completely rebuilt in the first half of the 20th century, it is not the old building that was built in the 13th century.

The mosque is very rich (by Egyptian standards), the courtyard floor is made of marble, the mosque has two minarets with a height of 73 meters, walls 23 meters high with magnificent ornaments.

The mosque is accessible to non-Muslims, inside you can take pictures. At the entrance you need to make a symbolic donation, one of the few cases when you need money from Egypt . We recommend changing at least 10 US dollars to have a trifle for entering the mosque and for small expenses.

See the PHOTO gallery of the mosque of El Mursi Abul Abbas.

The next interesting place in Alexandria is the zoo. The zoo is interesting, but there is nothing outstanding in it. From rare animals you can see hippos, Saharan oryx and Egyptian mongoose. The latter, by the way, are found not only in Egypt, but also in all of Africa, the Egyptian one has only a name.

Зоопарк. Обезьянки

Honestly, the conditions of animals in the zoo of Alexandria are one of the worst, of all the zoos that we saw, many cages are very small, some animals simply have nowhere to go. Let's leave this fact on the conscience of the management of the zoo.

See the PHOTO PHOTO gallery at the Alexandria Zoo.

The zoo is clearly "weak", and if your tour will pass it by, do not worry, you did not miss anything. During excursions to Alexandria, there are many ways to spend time much more interesting.

The next attraction, which is shown to all tourists during the excursion to Alexandria - is the citadel of Kai-bey. It is famous for being collected from stones left from the famous Alexandria lighthouse.

Цитадель Кай-бэй

In ancient times, Alexandria was a unique city. In Alexandria, there were two miracles of the ancient world. The Alexandria Library was the largest collection of knowledge of the ancient world, and the Alexandria Lighthouse was the tallest building, about 140 meters in height, it was higher than the Egyptian pyramids.

The Alexandria lighthouse suffered from earthquakes that occurred in Egypt from 950 to 1300 (it is not known which earthquake destroyed this miracle of the world). The remaining stones were used in the 15th century for the construction of the citadel of Kai-bey.

Since its construction, the citadel has been used as the key construction of the defense of Alexandria, and, in combination, as a prison for particularly important political prisoners. The last fact is not surprising, remember the Bastille in Paris or the Tower in London.

Цитадель Кай-бэй. Вид изнутри

In 1882, the British fleet "restored order" in Alexandria. The city was bombed from the sea. The citadel of Kai-bey was seriously damaged, the upper floors ceased to exist. In 1904 it was partially restored.

You probably noticed a large number of people on the square near the citadel, this place now functions as the largest market for tourists in Alexandria. To be honest, the guides bring tourists here just for the sake of shopping souvenirs, with great enthusiasm telling that there is nothing interesting inside.

Inside there is a museum of the naval forces of Egypt, also a large part of the citadel is open for inspection. You can see first-hand the key defensive structure of Egypt.

And the last interesting place in our review is the catacombs of Kom al-Shokafa, or simply the catacombs of Alexandria.

Катакомбы Ком аль-Шокафа

This object was used as a necropolis until the 4th century AD, after which it was simply forgotten.

Once again he was found in 1900, when the donkey fell down.

The opening necropolis was breathtakingly interesting from the point of view of archeology. In one place were found the burial places of the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman periods.

Even some statues in the catacombs are made in a mixed style.

Frankly, the place is creepy. Although, it is difficult to expect that such a huge crypt will delight visitors with something pleasant or cheerful. In total in the catacombs of 3 levels, the bottom is completely flooded.

In the catacombs there is the most terrible place, this is a large grave in which animals and people killed by the order of the Emperor of Caracalla are buried. There is a suggestion that these people were immured there alive. In this version you can believe, Caracalla was a very cruel person, there is a version that he poisoned his father, the famous emperor Septimius Severus. And the fact that he killed his brother Geta is officially confirmed.

For this person, burying someone alive was not a problem. In the room, which is called "the room of Caracalla," was found a huge number of remains of people and animals.

That's all we wanted to tell about the excursion to Alexandria. This excursion is designed for at least one day, and, often, does not include all the sights, which we told about in our article. Look carefully at the list of interesting places in your excursion.

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