historical sightseeing, Alexandria
The mission succeeded in cleaning up and preparing for tourist divers the location of Mark Antony's palace, the Timonium.
It also cleaned up the wreckage of an ancient 35-metre wooden ship that lies on the bottom of Alexandria's harbour.
Two gold coins dating to the second century AD were discovered during the operations, as well as the limbs of a statue of Ptolemy II.
Divers led by French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio used global satellite positioning devices to map out the royal quarter, lying five meters (17 feet) under water, not far from the busy modern city seafront.
Dear Mr. Goddio! I find myself obliged to thank you and your 35 divers' team.
A granite sphinx with the head of Cleopatra's father emerged from the choppy waters of Alexandria harbor after 1,600 years under water.The city, where the lives of Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony intertwined, disappeared beneath the sea more than 1,600 years ago after a series of earthquakes and flood waves.
Some alternatives are being reviewed to let one enjoy visiting such sumberged monuments under the Mediterranean Sea in Alexandria:
1) Transfering them out of the sea to the rlevant museum.
2) Installation of a highly durable glass tube forming an underwater unique museum.
3) Dedicating a submarine to move around. Same way is already adopted in the Red Sea around the fantastic coral reefs and underwater gardens.
4) Divers and those who are capable to exercise such underwater sport have no problem - for sure. How lovely if one could do it! Relevant clubs are available here...
On the northern tip of the Eastern Harbour, Sultan Qaitbey's Fort is an Alexandrian landmark. The Fort is on the original site of Pharos, Alexandria's ancient lighthouse, built in 279BC to a height of 125m and topped with a statue of Poseidon. Although Pharos was restored at various times it had finally crumbled by the time that the original Fort was built here, in the 1480s.
Today, the Fort contains a mosque and the Naval Museum and provides wonderful views of the city and the Mediterranean.
ofcourse the lost city in alexandria..i don't know the name of it in english..but there are several cities under the water in alexandria ..roman cities..and the government didn't remove it from under the water to the surface to let the divers enjoy this (new type) of tourism..just imagine your self diving in between ancient roman cities under the water..
One of the most visited site in Alexandria is the Pompey's Pilar. An approximately 25m red Aswan granite column with a circumference of 9m, was constructed in honor of the Emperor Diocletain. Originally from the temple of the Serapis, it was once a magnificent structure rivaling the Soma and the Caesareum.
A submerged sphinx bidding a warm welcome to its fish-visitors maintaining a sweet smile.
A diver can enjoy similar moments.
Divers led by French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio winched the superbly-preserved sphinx, bolted into a steel frame, onto the deck of research vessel Princess Dudu.
the roman musueam is the always off the beaten path.,.i wonder why..although alexnadria was the 2nd capital of the roman for tens of centures