Pompey's Pillar

Pompey's Pillar, Alexandria

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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Tom
Maple Grove, MN1,874 contributions
Impressive pillar within Alexandria
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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T D
Philadelphia, PA2,667 contributions
Underwhelming site
Nov 2020 • Couples
Entrance fee is 80 EGP, which was included in our tour. The site is an underwhelming Roman site that has 1 Pillar and two small Sphinx. There are better sites to visit.
Written November 29, 2020
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alexandresfcpg
Praia Grande, SP625 contributions
Dispensável / Dismissable
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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Linda Y
Frisco, TX4,194 contributions
Roman Triumphal Column
Feb 2020
Pompey’s Pillar is the name of a Roman triumphal column. The reference to Pompey is a misnomer, assigned mistakenly by early travelers. The pillar was dedicated sometime around 297-303 AD in honor of the Roman Emperor Diocletian and would have supported a massive statue of him. Made of red Aswan granite, the tapered column now stands about 89 ft (27 m) high and 9 ft (2.7 m) at its base. I felt very tiny standing next to this massive structure! The pillar is flanked by two sphinxes brought from Heliopolis. There’s not much else here. The remainder of the site is basically the ruins of the Temple of Serapeum and Rhakotis, the ancient town from which Alexandria grew. Nevertheless, it is worth a visit, because Pompey’s Pillar is the only ancient monument remaining whole and standing in all of Alexandria today.
Written May 8, 2020
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Wanderer0213
Port Orchard, WA601 contributions
Pompey's Pillar
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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tremm298
Boston, MA697 contributions
Beginnings of the Library?
Feb 2020
A very interesting ruin with chambers for document storage and the temple ruins marked on ancient maps.
Written March 22, 2020
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Kazi Y
Dhaka City, Bangladesh131 contributions
To costly to see the Pillar.
Feb 2020
Pompey's Pillar is a Roman triumphal column in Alexandria, Egypt, the largest of its type constructed outside the imperial capitals of Rome and Constantinople, located at the Serapeum of Alexandria. The only known free-standing column in Roman Egypt which was not composed of drums, it is one of the largest ancient monoliths and one of the largest monolithic columns ever erected. The monolithic column shaft measures 20.46 m in height with a diameter of 2.71 m at its base. Actually has nothing to do with Pompey and was instead set up in AD 292 in honor of Diocletian, who supplied food for the starving population after the siege of the city. In my opnion the price of the Ticket is to high just to see this.
Written March 20, 2020
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Zia
219 contributions
A Roman pillar stands next to the sphinx
Feb 2020 • Business
A small tourist spot which takes you only 40 to 60 minutes to stay, you can read the instructions to know more about this place and take nice photos here.
Written February 27, 2020
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amar47112017
New York City, NY39 contributions
Pompey’s Pillar
Dec 2019
A beautiful place to take photos, selfies, spend about 30 minutes. Wear soft comfortable shoes. Worth a visit when in Alexandria
Written February 12, 2020
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JScha
Boston, MA23 contributions
Glad I visited
Jan 2020
As I am fascinated with the ancient city of Pompeii in Italy, and, the history of the the ruler, for me, this was a must! However, there's not much to the site and the walking is sketchy. It's a quick stop so it's worth seeing.
Written February 1, 2020
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