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Teams headed by Jean-Yves Empereur and Franck Goddio, as well as the Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities’ Department of Underwater Archaeology have already made many exciting discoveries, especially in Alexandria’s eastern harbour.

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One of the most celebrated monuments of ancient Alexandria was the Pharos lighthouse, an architectural masterpiece commissioned by Ptolemy I Soter I around 297 BC and inaugurated by his son Ptolemy II Philadelphus fifteen years later.

Probably the earliest known lighthouse, the Pharos, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, stood on a small island 1.5 km off the coast in the eastern harbour and was connected to the land by a narrow causeway, the ‘Heptastadion’.

The city is known for its chef-driven and independently owned eateries, serving everything from fresh seafood to creative comfort food to international fare.

Modern Alexandria, the main Mediterranean port of Egypt and the country’s second largest city, lies on a narrow strip of land between the coast and a lagoon known as Lake Mariut.

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She is listed on Free Ones since 2002 and is currently ranked 11180th place.Strabo, writing in the first century AD, described how the light could be seen by sailors 50km offshore.It was mentioned by numerous classical, Arab and European travellers and continued to shine over the treacherous rocks of Alexandria harbour for more than fifteen centuries.Sadly the library was reported to have burned down, along with an irreplaceable collection of papyri during the third century BC.Many of the structures in the northern part of Alexander’s great new modern city have now vanished beneath the waters of the Western harbour.The major public buildings of the time were affected by subsidence, causing them to sink into the sea and they were lost to modern explorers before the early years of the 20th century when several major discoveries were made to the north and west of the present coastline.

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