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    by crazyman2 Written Jun 29, 2012

    These are interesting!

    Do avoid the crowds by going before/after the cruise ship passengers are visiting because there really isn't a lot of room down there!

    Also, you cannot take a camera down there ---pity! Mobile 'phone?

    Would I go to the catacombs again? Yes ----with a mobile 'phone!

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    Eye-popping public art

    by Tijavi Updated Aug 25, 2007

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    In a bit to create a semblance of Alex's former cultural glory, several wonderful public artworks have sprung around the city. These works usually consist of murals (large paintings on walls) covering a variety of subjects, many in glorious bright colors. For example, the mural on the picture, found on the park adjacent to Fort Qaitbey, is made of mosaic and highlights Alexandria's Islamic traditions. It's a huge one, occupying an entire wall, and is a sight in itself.

    Collectively, the murals raises the city's cultural character and does a lot of wonders in making the city such a pleasant place to get lost in.

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    Experience life in Alexandria

    by zanzooni Written Aug 4, 2007

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    These guys were playing backgammon on some side street in a coffee shop. Backgammon has been played in Egypt for thousands of years. I watched them for awhile and they graciously let me take photos of them playing. Visit the side streets. You will be amazed at what you will see and experience.

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    Montazah beach

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 13, 2006

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    As an alternative to a nice and calmly walk in Motazah Gardens you can try one of Alexandria's beaches.

    The local people say that among the numerous beaches in town (Montazah, Asafra, Miami, San Stefano, Gleem, etc.), Montazah beach is the best one.

    Thus if you want to taste of Mediterranean Sea on Egypt shore, don't miss Montazah beach.

    Entrance fee: LE 11 (USD 2-).

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    The Copte-Orthodox Patriarchate

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 13, 2006

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    St. Mark Cathedral in Alexandria, called the Copte-Orthodox Patriarchate, is quite difficult to find in the narrow and crowded streets of the city center.

    Actually it’s better to ask for "Mar Morkous" direction, St. Mark name in Arabic.

    The Saint Apostle and Evangelist Mark, the one that spread the Christian religion in Egypt, came to Alexandria around 48 AD and hide until he was captured and killed by the god Serapion advocates in 68 AD.

    The pagans tied him on a horse tail and let the horse run on Bokalia streets in Alexandria for two days, until he died.

    His saint relics are worshiped in three important cathedrals in the world, located in Alexandria, Cairo and Venice.

    In a crypt on the southern part of the church are buried all Alexandria's patriarchs, from St. Mark the Evangelist on.

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    "The world of Shadi Abdel Salam" exhibition

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 13, 2006

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    Shadi Abdel Salam was an important Egyptian Director and Philosopher.

    Born in Alexandria in 1930 he directed "The Mummy – The Night of Counting the Years (Al-Mumya)" in 1969.

    This movie is considered to be one of the 100 most important works of 20th century Film History and the best of Egyptian Film History.

    The permanent exhibition in Biblioteca Alexandrina in the memory of Shadi Abdel Salam contains beside his complete collection of costumes and designs also his personal library with up to 2,000 books presented as originally was in his house.

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    St. Mark College in Alexandria

    by Diana75 Written Nov 3, 2005

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    Looking for St. Mark Cathedral in Alexandria was a real adventure as the Muslims are not really aware of the Christian sites in their town.
    We were initially directed to St. Mark College but this was not the place we were looking for.
    Still, inside the huge building of this Christian college you can find St. Mark Collegial Church, an elegant Latin church.
    The college is managed by French monks from the Brothers of the Christian Schools order (Freres des Ecoles Chretien).

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    by sarrahh Written May 8, 2005

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    When you visit Alexandria don't forget to go to the following places :

    Greco-Roman museum : which is the main museum in Alexandria, built in 1887 and has large collection of exhibits from the Greco-Roman era.
    The Roman theatre : in Kom El Dekka is one of the important sites in Alexandria which was reserved for thousands of years. Today musical and ballet shows are held in the Roman theatre to attract Egyptians to this great monument.
    The fort of Qayetbay : which was built in 1480 on the ruins of the Alexandria Lighthouse to repel raiders from the Mediterranean. The medieval-style Fort was named after the Mamelouk Sultan Qaitbay, and is considered one of Alexandria's landmarks.
    Al-Haramlek palace in Montazah : Built on a low plateau east of Alexandria and overlooking the beach amid about 370 feddans of gardens , Montazah comprises a number of buildings, the most important being Al-Haramlek and Al-Salamlek (now an upscale restaurant). Formerly the official summer residence of Egypt's King, Al-Haramlek is now a presidential palace. Its unique architecture combines Islamic, and European elements.

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    Two Popes in a Muslim dominated city

    by lotharlerch Updated Apr 23, 2005

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    All speak about the Pope in Rome. Did you know that two more heads of Christian Churches hold the title "Pope" and both are residing in Alexandria?

    Both Popes claim to be successors of the Apostle Mark.

    The one with the far larger church is Shenouda III, since 14 November 1971 the 117th Pope of Alexandria and of the See of Saint Mark the Apostle, his church is the Oriental Orthodox (Coptic) church with approximately 40 millions of believers.

    The other is Theodoros II, since 9 October 2004 the 116th Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. His church is the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria and All Africa with 300000 believers (they claim that this is the biggest number they ever were since the time of the Roman Empire but that does not indicate anything else than the general demographic desaster of the Third World).

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    Abu Qir

    by maykal Written Dec 29, 2004

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    While it may not be paradise, Abu Qir is a decent enough place to head for if you prefer to relax on the beach without a motorway rushing behind you. Instead of the busy corniche which destroys any sense of peace on Alexandria's beaches, in Abu Qir you have apartment blocks literally tumbling onto the beach. A few cafes have set up tables and chairs on the sand, and you can buy good grilled fish from the local oven for lower prices than in town. An exclusive Greek restaurant lies at the eastern edge of the beach, but the rest is uncrowded and quiet. Beware if you go swimming, though...it was Bahr's first ever dip in the sea, and a crashing wave sent him sprawling on his front in the shallows, with much mirth had by the family of Egyptians next to us! Further out, the currents are strong...after a couple of minutes treading water, I realised I had moved about 100 metres down the beach.

    Taxis from Alexandria are expensive, but you can reach Abu Qir by local minibus from Saad Zaghloul.

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    Watch your foot

    by Saladinos Written Dec 29, 2004

    The Egyptian society is kind of a conserved one. This means that many things that are acceptable in the west, are not here.
    If you are in a group with Egyptian people then try to avoid crossing your legs with your foot facing them. It is an insult. They might not tell you straight forward but rather their treatment to you will lack respect.

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