Pompay's Column - Alexandria, Egypt
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member god_herodes
N 31° 10.952 E 029° 53.784
35R E 776034 N 3453445
The column itself is 27m tall and 9m in diameter, standing on a limestone bluff with a garden and other excavations.
Waymark Code: WM8XVH
Location: Egypt
Date Posted: 05/28/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
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The column looks almost gray from a distance, but up close it is the same fine, red Aswan granite that is so common in Egyptian monuments.

The column is close to the Catacombs of Shouqafa. While it's called Pompey's Pillar, it was actually raised in honor of Emperor Diocletian in 300 BCE. The column supposedly comes from the Temple of Serapis (now gone) as part of the facade. The temple (40 km to the west) was enormous, and held the 'daughter library' to the "Bibliotheca Alexandrina". If the size of the column is any indication, the temple rivaled any in Rome.
Most Relevant Historical Period: Roman Kingdom < 509 B.C.

Condition: Completely intact or reconstructed

Admission Fee: Not listed

Opening days/times: Not listed

Web Site: Not listed

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