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Alexandria



Alexandria
Introduction

1. Fishing boats

2. The undulating corniche

3. Catacombs

4. Roman Amphitheatre

5. Villa of Birds

6. Pompey's Pillar and Serapeum

7. Fort Qaitbey

8. Library of Alexandria

9. Construction of the Library

10. Graeco-Roman Museum

11. Sunken city

12. Montazah Palace Gardens

13. Coptic Cathedral

14. The mosques

15. Synagogue

16. A touch of the old world

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ALEXANDRIA
Library of Alexandria


Library of Alexandria, Egypt

Library of Alexandria, Egypt

Library of Alexandria, Egypt

Library of Alexandria, Egypt


Seriously delayed, the Library of Alexandria opened in 2002. Designed by Norwegian architects, it reflects the global age of which Alexandria really always has been part of. The library is designed as a solar disc that descends into water
The original library was founded in the 3rd century BCE and soon developed into the largest collection of scripts in the world. As many as 500,000 texts are supposed to have been here. Legends tell that any ship with manuscripts on board had to hand these over for copying.
The new library is designed to hold 8 million volumes, but so far only a few hundred thousand are in place. There are a few exhibitions of interest here, an antiquities museum and a manuscript collection, as well as a planetarium.
Admission to the library is EŁ10/5, open 11.00-19.00 (from 15.00 on Fridays and Saturdays) all days except Tuesdays. Additional tickets EŁ10/5 for the two collections, and EŁ25 to the planetarium.



By Tore Kjeilen