Sarapeum (Serapeion)

Sarapeum (Serapeion), Alexandria

Sarapeum (Serapeion)
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This temple, dedicated to the god Serapis, is from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX4,194 contributions
Pompey's Pillar
Feb 2020
Ptolemy I founded the great Temple of Serapeum dedicated to the Greek-Egyptian god Serapis around 300 BC. It stood for over 600 years as one of the most important religious and intellectual centers in the Mediterranean. It is said the temple was destroyed by Bishop Theophilus and Christian mobs in 391 AD. You can view the ruins today at the site of Pompey’s Pillar. We visited with a guide that helped us to understand the historical importance of the area.
Written May 8, 2020
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Kumi M
Palo Alto, CA1,465 contributions
Old and New
Sep 2019
If you visit the Sarapeum, you will see Pompey's Pillar. If you visit Pompey's Pillar, you will be in the Sarapeum. It's pretty much all in the same location.

This spot housed a large temple with views of land and sea. Eventually it was destroyed - some blame Roman soldiers, others blame a mob of Christians.
Below there are catacombs but I never saw it. As you walk around the complex toward the pillar, there will be areas with ruins and relics to look at. It doesn't take much time at all to walk through the artifact garden. It's nice to walk through and take the time to look at the modern buildings creeping up around you.

You don't really need a guided tour of this location, but a little bit of background information helps. It's a fast visit and won't take up much of your time.
Written January 15, 2020
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EgyKemet Tours
Cairo, Egypt24 contributions
Abis old temple
Dec 2019
don't miss the sanctuary and the small library. this place full of secrets and in formations. I used to visit it.
Written December 17, 2019
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Maurizio3030
Cairo, Egypt1,516 contributions
Rome and Egypt collide.
Oct 2019 • Couples
So the sphinx in Cairo is large. Here there are two small sphinxes guarding the pillar and all the cats of the exhibit. Amazing and historically inspiring.
Written October 9, 2019
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walid m
Wilmington, NC957 contributions
History
Aug 2019
An excellent location to visit that is rich with history. Better to get there by car or use a travel company.
Written August 24, 2019
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Victoria W
Houston, TX127 contributions
Interesting juxtaposition of Egyptian and Greek influence
Dec 2018
This was a quick, but lovely, stop on my day trip to Alexandria from Cairo. I only stayed for about 30 minutes but it was quite interesting to see the different cultures and influences collide all over the city, but especially at this site. I would recommend seeing it if you have extra time.
Written June 24, 2019
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LDWG
Keene, NH261 contributions
sphinx in good condition
Apr 2019 • Family
This is (as the picture shows) right next to Pompey's Pillar, so it really should be considered part of the same attraction. Nobody seems to care if people take photos atop the dais. Don't miss the old church ruins while here.
Written May 7, 2019
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY653 contributions
Part of Pompey's Pillar
Apr 2019 • Solo
This is part of the visit to Pompey's Pillar (they seem to be the same location). You need about an hour to see everything here, maybe a touch more depending on how fast you are. Ensure you go around to the far side to enter the underground areas.
Written April 27, 2019
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Valerie J
575 contributions
Sadly Mostly Ruins
Apr 2018 • Family
The Serapeum, also spelled Sarapeum, or Sarapieion, was dedicated to the worship of the Greco-Egyptian god Serapis (Sarapis). Although most of the area surrounding the Pompey’s Pillar is unrecognizable rubble, there are remnants of a Roman bath and piscina. A piscina is a shallow basin placed near the altar of a church, or in the vestry or sacristy, used for washing the communion vessels. Wear walking shoes. Look around you may find an underground entrance to what is left of the Temple of Serapeurm.
Written March 21, 2019
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Kuhn
Addis Abeba, Ethiopia155 contributions
Magnificent structure in ancient times
Feb 2019 • Couples
Sitting next to the Pompey’s Pillar totake photo in front of both structures. Beautiful site to enjoy walking around to see the remains of Temple of SerPeum including the library,
Written February 21, 2019
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