Egypt has history aplenty, but Alexandria is a real ancient wonder. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’, the country’s second largest city is often overlooked in favour of tourist hotspot Cairo. But those who don’t book their flights to Alexandria are missing out on a wealth of exciting Egyptian culture.
What makes Alexandria so legendary? Here are just a few reasons:
The old-age wonders and archaeological treasures that survive today are unmissable for sightseers, history buffs and families alike. Make sure you put these historic gems on your Alexandria bucket list:
The Great Library may be long gone but you’ll discover its brilliance rekindled at the futuristic Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Wander through the city’s new-age library in awe as you take in the massive realms of knowledge - the main building holds millions of books and there are six smaller libraries including a children’s library and one filled with rare books. Families will love interactive exhibitions such as CULTURAMA; a huge 180-degree computer screen that displays historic stories on both ancient and modern Egypt.
Head to Kom el Dikka (meaning Mound of Rubble) and you’ll find a fascinating slice of Roman history and one of the most important discoveries in Egypt in the 20th century. The only known Roman amphitheatre in Egypt was found accidentally in 1960 and its remains are impressively well-preserved.
One of Alexandria’s prime historical sites is Pompey’s Pillar – one of the largest monolithic columns ever erected. The 30m ancient pillar was built to honour the Roman emperor Diocletian and serves as a reminder of Egypt’s golden days for both travellers and history lovers flying to Alexandria today.
Ready to explore this fascinating city? Book a flight to Alexandria with flydubai and we’ll take you straight to the heart of ancient Egypt. With top in-flight services and globally-inspired food, your adventure begins the moment you step on board.
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