Dedicated to Serapis and built by Ptolemy III, the temple of Serapeum is one of the several religious centers in Alexandria. Destroyed by the Romans in 391, a few of the original pieces are left on the site such as the Pompey’s Pillar, which is surrounded by two big sphinxes. In the past the temple was also one of the most important annexes of the Great Library of Alexandria. The Serapeum is definitely worth a visit due to its historical importance and the beautiful location.
The Corniche is a gorgeous waterfront promenade which runs along the Eastern Harbour for 10 miles and ends by the Montaza Palaca. The promenade offers a stunning view of the bay and the sea and it’s one of the best places in the city to go for a stroll, where you can explore the businesses in the area as well as admiring the view. Come here on a summer’s evening right after dinner, the lights and atmosphere are enchanting.
Originally built as the palace for king Farouk, this stunning palace located in the eastern side of the city boasts a big garden and a gorgeous view over the Mediterranean sea. The palace, featuring a grand and unique architectural style, is surrounded by many other historical buildings. Its garden is one of the most beautiful in the city, perfect to come for a walk on a day out, where you will be able to relax and enjoy the sunny days. There are some rare plants and trees visitors can admire.
At the western end of Midan Tahrir you’ll find a bustling souq area. The term souq refers to an open-air marketplace or a commercial district. The area is filled with market stalls where you can get fish or meat, cafés, and shops selling all sorts of products and artifacts. In the markets and shops you’ll be able to find clothes, accessories, bangles, jewelry and much more.
Discovered by accident in 1900, these catacombs are the largest known Roman burial site in the country at the moment. The catacombs consist of three tiers of tombs and chambers. The architecture showcases a Graeco-Roman style. Most of the walls are unadorned and nearly all the painting has faded. You can easily walk from the Pompey’s Pillar to the site, both are located in Carmous. Accessing the catacombs costs around 20 pounds but they are worth visiting, especially for history lovers.