Pompey's Pillar



Pompey's pillar was named after Pompey, a Roman political and military leader, the pillar is in no way related to him. that's because it was said that Pompey betrayed his nation and left the army during a critical time of war and flee to his hometown, then he was killed and his head was hung on top of the pillar.


The pillar of Pompey is an architectural marvel located amidst the ruins of the Serapeum in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria. It is one of the largest places of Antiquity. The Serapeum was an ancient Greek temple that was built during the reign of the Ptolemaic kingdom in Egypt and was dedicated to the new deity worshipped in Alexandria and all over Egypt, Serapis who was believed to be the protector of Alexandria.

The Pompey's pillar was named after Pompey, a Roman political and military leader, the pillar is in no way related to him. that's because it was said that Pompey betrayed his nation and left the army during a critical time of war and flee to his hometown, then he was killed and his head was hung on top of the pillar.

It was built in 297 A.D to celebrate the victory of a Roman emperor named Diocletian (who ruled Rome between 284 and 305 A.D and also took control over Egypt) following a revolt in Alexandria.

The pillar is in the form of a monolithic column whose base diameter is 2.71 m. The pillar tree, excluding the base and capital (the tallest part on top of the column), is 20.46 m high. If the height of the base and the capital is taken into account, the total height of the pillar is 26.85 m. The pillar was cut from a single piece of Aswan red granite and its estimated weight is 285 tonnes.

The pillar stands on a rocky plateau in stark contrast to the surrounding ruins of the Serapeum. Steps leading from the pillar merge into the ruins of the temple. Two sphinx statues are also present near the base of the Pompey's Pillar. Although the Serapeum is one of the most magnificent temples in the region, it was heavily looted and probably destroyed by Roman soldiers or a Christian crowd.

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And while you have time during Egypt Shore Excursions, we can handle a Cairo Day Tour from Alexandria Port or Alexandria City tour from the port
A Day Tour to Giza Pyramids from Alexandria is among our special Cairo Trips, Where you can find some unique tours like the Tour to Islamic Cairo from Alexandria
But if you really want to cover most of the things to do in Cairo, you can book an Overnight trip to Cairo from Alexandria
Cairo tour from Alexandria return to port said is among the suitable Egypt Shore Excursions so that you don't miss your cruise ship.
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