October 27, 2014

The Alexandria Underwater Museum Project

The seas surrounding the more than 2,000 year old city of Alexandria have been witness to numerous important historical events. Alexander the Great, the Ptolemaic dynasty and Cleopatra VII as well as Napoleon and Nelson are famous names connected with this region. While the Bay of Alexandria still houses the remains of the famous Pharos, one of the seven wonders of the world, as well as the ruins of the Ptolemaic palace, the nearby Bay of Abukir saw the sinking of the ancient cities of Canopus and Herakleion into the ocean and, more recently, in Napoleonic times, it was the site of three naval battles which left numerous shipwrecks on the sea floor.
The first indications of the existence of important underwater cultural heritage in the Western and Eastern Bays of Alexandria were found at the very beginning of the 20th century. It took however many years for real archaeological excavations to begin.
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