Pompey's Pillar
Pompey's Pillar
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This 25-meter-high granite column was constructed in honor of the Emperor Diocletian in AD 297.
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  • anezreltub
    Ramsey, United Kingdom191 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More Than A Pillar!
    I thought this was going to be just a monument like Cleopatras Needle in London..but it was so much more. On the site of an old Greek Temple, which is mostly destroyed, but still some underground parts and statues remained. Couple of shops...and some cute cats roaming around too.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Aisha Y
    Cairo, Egypt106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pompey's Pillar
    Pompey's Pillar is a remarkable piece of ancient history, and it gave us a chance to explore the rich historical heritage of Alexandria. The surrounding area includes beautifully landscaped gardens and open spaces for relaxation and leisurely walks. However, Pompey's Pillar attracts a significant number of tourists, this can result in crowded conditions, which may detract from the tranquility and serenity of the site. The weather in Alexandria can be hot, especially during the summer months. Visitors should be prepared for high temperatures and take necessary precautions such as wearing sunscreen, carrying water, and dressing appropriately for the climate. - Wear comfortable footwear, as you may need to walk or stand for extended periods while exploring the area around the pillar. - You should have a tour guide to enjoy the experience the most. - Combine your visit to Pompey's Pillar with other nearby attractions, such as the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa or the Qaitbay Citadel. This allows you to make the most of your time in Alexandria and explore more and more.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Rajesh K K
    Bengaluru, India1,329 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fleeting Glimpse only :-(
    Would have looked to go inside the park and see the Pillar from nearby. However, our tour guide claimed there was no place to park the bus we were in. Could only see the Pillar as we drove by.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 3, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,090 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pompey’s Pillar is one of three archeological sites to visit in Alexandria
    Pompey’s Pillar was a site we visited during our visit to Alexandria on a two week tour of Egypt. It is one of three archaeological sites we toured in Alexandria along with the Catacombs of Kom el Shaqafa and the Ancient Roman Amphitheater. The Pillar and Sphinx are picturesque but the underground library was more interesting. It once housed manuscripts and papyrus scrolls in its vaults. It is dusty and the steps are uneven but if you are careful you can easily walk down to see the tunnels that contained the library. It is well worth the stop and an hour or so to look around.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,418 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I think it's ok to just see it from the outside.
    The pillar pretty much stands out even from the outside, and a little tiptoeing, you can see the two statues beside it. I think it was ok to just look at it from the outside. Free views. Just need to angle it nicely so the powerlines won't interfere with the pillar from your view across the street.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 23, 2023
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Aisha Y
Cairo, Egypt106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Pompey's Pillar is a remarkable piece of ancient history, and it gave us a chance to explore the rich historical heritage of Alexandria.

The surrounding area includes beautifully landscaped gardens and open spaces for relaxation and leisurely walks. However, Pompey's Pillar attracts a significant number of tourists, this can result in crowded conditions, which may detract from the tranquility and serenity of the site.

The weather in Alexandria can be hot, especially during the summer months. Visitors should be prepared for high temperatures and take necessary precautions such as wearing sunscreen, carrying water, and dressing appropriately for the climate.

- Wear comfortable footwear, as you may need to walk or stand for extended periods while exploring the area around the pillar.
- You should have a tour guide to enjoy the experience the most.
- Combine your visit to Pompey's Pillar with other nearby attractions, such as the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa or the Qaitbay Citadel. This allows you to make the most of your time in Alexandria and explore more and more.

Written July 9, 2023
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,418 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The pillar pretty much stands out even from the outside, and a little tiptoeing, you can see the two statues beside it. I think it was ok to just look at it from the outside. Free views.

Just need to angle it nicely so the powerlines won't interfere with the pillar from your view across the street.
Written November 23, 2023
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Rajnish Mehta
Mumbai, India49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It is place one must visit in Alexandria atleast till they find the tomb of Alexander. It shows layers of history of Alex and one can see it vividly. Pillar is impressive. You can see perpetually smoking security of Egypt which doesn't add much respect to this originally pious place. It is surrounded by unplastered buildings of Alex which do spoil the view.
Written January 6, 2020
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Philip P
Herentals, Belgium1,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The pillar and the 2 sfinx (both without the nose) or worth the visit as such. However, the underground “small” library makes it exceptional. What an impressive space, just a pity the books and papyruses aren’t there anymore. Take your time, but be careful not to slip over the dusty floors and stairs and not to twist your ankles dues to the poorly illuminated floors that aren’t always regular.
Written November 27, 2022
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,090 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Pompey’s Pillar was a site we visited during our visit to Alexandria on a two week tour of Egypt. It is one of three archaeological sites we toured in Alexandria along with the Catacombs of Kom el Shaqafa and the Ancient Roman Amphitheater. The Pillar and Sphinx are picturesque but the underground library was more interesting. It once housed manuscripts and papyrus scrolls in its vaults. It is dusty and the steps are uneven but if you are careful you can easily walk down to see the tunnels that contained the library. It is well worth the stop and an hour or so to look around.
Written November 17, 2023
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anezreltub
Ramsey, UK191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I thought this was going to be just a monument like Cleopatras Needle in London..but it was so much more. On the site of an old Greek Temple, which is mostly destroyed, but still some underground parts and statues remained.
Couple of shops...and some cute cats roaming around too.
Written July 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

alexandresfcpg
Praia Grande, SP876 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Nesse local estaria a antiga biblioteca de Alexandria, mas atualmente existe apenas algumas ruínas bem destruídas e uma grande coluna que dá nome ao lugar. Não achei nada demais!

This would be the ancient library of Alexandria, but today there are only a few ruins well destroyed and a large column that gives the place its name. I didn't think anything was too much!
Written July 1, 2020
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Wanderer0213
Craig, MT602 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Well worth the stop, great views! You can spend 1.5 hours walking around the site pretty easy. There are pretty straight forward instructions how to get around the site. There is some uneven ground towards the top, so be careful if you have problems walking on uneven ground. Nice gift shop and clean toilets.
Written April 1, 2020
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Tom
Maple Grove, MN2,033 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Worth a stop for half an hour or so while in Alexandria. There is a path around the site, and one can get close to the pillar and get some good photos. Impressive pillar carved from granite and somehow transported to the city many centuries ago. There are restrooms and several gift stores at the site.
Written September 28, 2021
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Rajesh K K
Bengaluru, India1,329 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Would have looked to go inside the park and see the Pillar from nearby. However, our tour guide claimed there was no place to park the bus we were in. Could only see the Pillar as we drove by.
Written November 4, 2023
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