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Pompey's Pillar

Address: Alexandria, Egypt
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Ranked #15 of 39 Attractions in Alexandria
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Owner description: This 25-meter-high granite column was constructed in honor of the Emperor Diocletian in AD 297.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Owner description: This 25-meter-high granite column was constructed in honor of the Emperor Diocletian in AD 297.
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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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Pakistan
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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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Kangra, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The story for its construction is equally fascinating as the structure. Most prominent Greek landmark in Alexandria.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

Went in December 2012 and 2013. In 2012 there were a lot more tourists (though compared to pre-2011, it was low). In 2013, we had the site to ourselves! Every guide/taxi/person seems to want to ensure you stop at the Pillar. It is interesting but the only thing to see at the site. If tight on time, can skip.

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

A pillar worth marveling at, this remnant from the Roman times is actually a Corinthian column commemorating the victory of Roman emperor Diocletian in the old part of the city. Today just a small enclosure, it was once part of a large temple complex. This free standing tower is one the largest of the ancient monoliths. Carved of a single... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

good site of old Serapis temple of Greek times,where you can see old ruins and underground galleries and ancient Nilometer. Area needs some facilities for disabled people

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I was the only tourist in the complex for the ninety minutes that I spent walking around. It was lovely to stroll around and take in the ruins. Make sure you visit the underground tunnels which lead underneath the pillar. They are tucked away and could be easily missed. It would be useful to have some information or signs posted... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We visited this place in November 2012 as part of a tour package. Did not find it impressive compare to Pompeii in Italy. It is still worth a visit for a first time.

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Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

I thought It was a little bit more, maybe because of my high expectations I was shocked, but for those coming to see it... It's nice but don't have high hopes it's just a Pillar and nothing more...

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