Cleopatra’s Alexandria, Egypt
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The Alexandria of ancient Egyptian ruler Cleopatra was lost for 1,600 years, with tales of its existence seeming like no more than legends. But a team of marine archaeologists stumbled across the ruins off the shores of the modern-day Alexandria in 1998, unearthing vast monuments still standing after all this time. The city was likely taken by the sea as a result of earthquakes. Historians have found columns, sphinxes, statues, temples and the foundations of a palace that likely belonged to Cleopatra herself.
Alexandria is considered one of the richest archaeological sites in the world. In addition to these vast stone monuments, coins and everyday objects have been discovered, painting a picture of a city described more than 2,000 years ago by Greek geographers and historians. Recent dives have unearthed some of the major scenes from the lives of Cleopatra and…
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Edfu Temple was Dedicated to Horus, the falcon headed god, it was built during the reigns of six Ptolemies. We have a great deal of information about its construction from reliefs on outer areas. It was begun in 237 BC by Ptolemy III Euergetes I and was finished in 57 BC.
This is not only the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but the second largest after Karnak.
It was believed that the temple was built on the site of the great battle between god Horus and his uncle god Seth.
The current temple of Edfu was the last in a long series of temples build on this location. It is said that the original structure was a grass hut housing a statue of god Horus built in prehistoric times.
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Rena Netjes, among 20 journalists is facing charges of spreading false news and involvement in alleged terror plot.
A Dutch journalist has fled Egypt after it emerged she was one of 20 journalists accused last week of “fabricating news” and being party to an alleged terrorist plot.
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