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Pompey's Pillar

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Address: Alexandria, Egypt
Description: This 25-meter-high granite column was constructed in honor of the Emperor...
This 25-meter-high granite column was constructed in honor of the Emperor Diocletian in AD 297.
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Ruins of Sarapeum & Pompey's pillar

The temple (Sarapeum) is seriously ruined. Excavations show some remains, but restoration could be much better. The pillar and the two sphinxes are the only parts that are intact... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The temple (Sarapeum) is seriously ruined. Excavations show some remains, but restoration could be much better. The pillar and the two sphinxes are the only parts that are intact. Note that the two sphinxes are not actually part of the Sarapeum. They were transferred after it was ruined.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

You will love the culture of the site and if you mix it with other sightseeing in one day you will have a lot of fun and learn a lot about ancient histroy

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

An excellent example of roman architecture without going to Rome. If that's your kind of thing you'll probably like it a lot, there's also a great site underground.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

From the street the pillar just looks like any other in Rome or at Luxor. But don't be fooled. Get up close and get a perspective of how high this is and wonder how they transported it to Alexandria from Aswan. The underground Library and Sanctuary are also great value.

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Romeoville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The pillar is such a spectacular sight in the small Alexandria neighborhood. And to learn from my tour guide that the Pillar is just freestanding there makes it even more spectacular. Also make sure you visit the underground tombs at the pillar. And of course you have a Sphinx protecting it, great sight to see right down the street from... More 

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Victoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Majestic sight in the centre of Alexandria. Sphinx in front adds to the spectacle. Amazing to think how it was assembled in the 3rd century AD. Space for reflection in a bustling city.

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Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

It is worth the visit as I really enjoyed walking around the ruins and enjoying the relics on hand. My one major complaint is that the items are all marked with a Sharpie in very visible locations. It truly takes away from the beauty of these historical items. I understand that they want to identify the pieces, but perhaps a... More 

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Bastrop, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Once again, the value of a private guide showed itself. Our guide (Memphis Tours) gave us a detailed background of the site, which helped appreciate the significance of the "pillar" and other artifacts. We thought the pillar would be singularly unimpressive...boy were we wrong. At 27 meters (96 feet) tall, it is HUGE and carved from a single block of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Before going I thought I would just go and come back in 10 mins but this took over an hour. Its a very long walk with loads of stairs and somethings underground too. Apart from the pillar there is the Nilometer, the old Roman baths and ruins and underground there are 2 caves one has the blackcow and the other... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Plus the hug very high pillar , there is a warshiped cow underground from thousands of year which was v nice to see

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