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Alexandria is the second largest city of Egypt, and also a major economic and industrial center owing to its natural gas and oil pipelines from Suez. What was founded as a small, ancient Egyptian town by Alexander the Great is now an important tourist destination. The Pompey's Pillar is a magnificent structure stands tall in the city and is a popular tourist attraction. The temple of Taposiris Magna will take you to the ancient Alexandria and will portray the hardships the city has faced and will proudly reflect that it still stands strong. The Roman Amphitheatre or Roman Theatre is located at the heart of the city, at Kom el-Dikka. The theatre serves as a symbol of beauty, charm, strength, and persistence of the Alexandria city. Despite its poor condition, the theatre is an excellent depiction of the structures during the typical Roman period.
In The Ruins of Roman Theater and Bathhouse
The villa of the birds was located to the east of the Roman Amphitheatre and dates back to the period of 2nd century AD during the period of Roman Emperor, Hadrian. It is given the name the 'villa of the birds' by the archeologists who discovered it owing the name to the beautiful mosaic floor in the main room of the building depicting many birds in different shapes. The villa is full of other eminent mosaic structures which have different geometric patterns giving the place the required acclaim. It stands as an epitome of private houses built during the ancient Roman period. The Villa of Birds accounts for one of the most prominent monuments that were recently discovered in Egypt.
The amphitheater holds two large stone capitals with delicate and intricate designing on them. There is a charming statue of a woman of ancient Roman times. The statue of Sphinx is black, and with a lot of detail. The old structure decorated with many Roman elements, including the Byzantine icons will attract you towards itself. There is a structure which depicts a cross inside a circle. The cross is the original Christianity sign whereas the circle depicts the circle of light. Many Greek inscriptions embellish the area and signify that political gatherings used to take place there during the Byzantine era.
The amphitheater features an audience section made up of marble which could hold six hundred spectators. It has 13 rows made of European white marble and about thirty-three meters in diameter. These rows were numbered with Roman digits and letters to make seating convenient. In the middle of the structure, there stands an orchestra section where musical performances were organized. Above the audience section, there were five compartments made for the rich and important persons. The ceilings of these compartments were dome-shaped and made of granite. The stairs are attached to a thick limestone wall together with another wall which surrounds it. Unfortunately, all these marvelous structures were destroyed in the earthquake that hit Alexandria in the 6th Century AD.
How to Get Tickets?
You can book the tickets through its website and grab some amazing discounts. The ticket fee for locals is 10LE, and for foreigners is 60LE.
How To Get Around?
Alexandria has a well-managed transport system which includes rail, trams, car hires, and taxis. You can choose any of the modes of transport to visit the attraction easily. Inside the premises of the theater, you can walk on foot to explore the place.
What Should I Wear?
Opt for a decent dress code when in Egypt. Wear jeans, full-length pants, trousers and pair them with a full sleeved top or shirt. Footwear should be comfortable as you will have to walk a lot to explore the place. For shoe go for sneakers or flip-flops. Apply sunscreen before stepping out of your hotel room. Men can wear trousers or jeans with a formal shirt or t-shirt.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the place is from 8 am to 5 pm. Prefer going in March-June and September-November.
The currency is Egyptian Pound.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you don't need a guide. Its website has already given all the information concerning the attraction.
How To Get There?
You can reach Alexandria through airways, waterways or railways. The city plays host to two intercity railway stations: the Misr Station and the Sidi Gaber Railway station. The Borg El Arab Airport serves as the main airport with connecting flights across the globe.
Carry a waterbottle to remain hydrated. Don't throw garbage anywhere.