Sarapeum (Serapeion)
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, TX5,657 contributions
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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GeneralMax G
Washington DC, DC25 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
This Sarapeum (Serapeion) is a unique Monument structure aged to the Greeko Roman age in Egypt .. So beautiful piece there, it is also an old library nearby aged to same age .. the place is historical and quite culturan, worth seeing!!
Written June 12, 2014
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Kumi M
Palo Alto, CA1,465 contributions
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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basab1985
Bengaluru, India132 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
The ancient temple of Serapeum is close to the Pompey pillar and offers a unique combination of ancient Roman architecture a well as ancient Egyptian history. The tour can be combined with a visit to the Pompey pillar
Written December 4, 2015
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Kuhn
Addis Abeba, Ethiopia155 contributions
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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greekcypriot2009
Athens, Greece9,354 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
For centuries the column from red Aswan granite, has been one of the city’s prime sights: a single, tapered shaft, 2.7m at its base and capped by a fine Corinthian capital. The column rises out of the sparse ruins of the Temple of Serapeum, a magnificent structure that stood here in ancient times.

Not much from the temple remains today, but it was those days dedicated to the syncretic Hellenistic-Egyptian god Serapis, who combined aspects of Osiris and Apis in a humanized form that was accepted by the Ptolemaic Greeks of Alexandria.
Written May 2, 2016
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Naim B
London, UK29 contributions
Jan 2015
Magnificent place, it's in the heart of old Alexandria. Unfortunately now rather rundown neighborhood, commercial and and overcrowded. Its best to take a short taxi drive from city centre. Even better to be in a tourist group as no guides there.
Written September 15, 2015
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Aladdin H
Aladdin H
Alexandria, Egypt23 contributions
Dec 2011 • Business
a unique Monument structure aged to the Greeko Roman age in Egypt .. beautiful piece there is also an old library nearby aged to same age .. the place is historical
Written April 19, 2012
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herculesmom
Cancun, Mexico, North America137 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
With so much to see in Egypt, this just didn’t hold that much for me. If you’re interested in the history - a hill littered with the remains of ancient walls, architectural fragments and rubble on which stands Alexandria's largest ancient monument, Pompey's Pillar, rising from the ruins of the ancient and famous Serapeion (Temple of Serapis), then this is a stop. Otherwise, there is not much to see.
Written September 6, 2023
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EgyKemet Tours
Cairo, Egypt24 contributions
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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