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Pompey's Pillar

Alexandria, Egypt
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Ranked #15 of 40 attractions in Alexandria
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Ancient Ruins
Description: This 25-meter-high granite column was constructed in honor of the Emperor Diocletian in AD 297.
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Alexandria, Egypt
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Canada
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134 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Not exciting, but the pillar is incredible. The adjacent sphinxs are noteworthy for their condition and aura. One of the mandatory sites to visit in Alexandria.

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Brisbane
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

On a scale of 1-10 of things to see in Egypt I think I would rate this as -1 . It may appeal to people interested in historical figures and stories, but it is very ordinary in terms of anything of artistic merit. I would not bother visting here again if I were in Alexandria. One of our tour members... More

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Top Contributor
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

What was most interesting about Pompey's Pillar is that it was misnamed, and was not erected to honor him. Although an interesting site, I'm not sure I would make a special trip to see it. They are two small sphinx statues next to it, and there is some interesting subterranean areas including an old library. The place was essentially a... More

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aisaac
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Very surprised to find that we were the only visitors to Pompey's Pillar. We were there at noon, which was serendipitous, we heard the calls to prayer from 4 sides! Moving experience.

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Alexandria, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

It's a little peek into the remains of the Roman occupation of northern Egypt. Basically unregulated - you can roam throughout the site.

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Jaipur, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

The pillar with the sphinxes are a great view but nothing beyond that, repent spending money for entering the complex !! Recommend just stopping by and seeing it from outside as nothing much to offer at the excavation site.

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