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Sunken ruins of Alexandria to become first underwater museum

Usually, submerged artefacts are excavated and placed in a museum where they can be viewed by tourists. But times are changing, and apparently so are the ways in which monuments are displayed. That is why a $150 million underwater museum will be built in Egypt to display the magnificent remains from ancient Alexandria. The Ministry
Published: November 2, 2016 - 19:50
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 14:11
Sunken ruins of Alexandria to become first underwater museum

Usually, submerged artefacts are excavated and placed in a museum where they can be viewed by tourists. But times are changing, and apparently so are the ways in which monuments are displayed. That is why a $150 million underwater museum will be built in Egypt to display the magnificent remains from ancient Alexandria.

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The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt plans to turn the sunken ruins of the ancient city of Alexandria into a museum, making 2,500 artefacts dating back as far as 365 available to visitors. French architect Jacques Rougerie is responsible for the museum project. The project has been on hold for the past few years due to turmoil in the region, but is now set to resume.

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Visitors will travel through tunnels made of fibreglass, visiting successive galleries. In this way, monuments in successive locations will be presented together with their entire context.

Initially, the project envisages four tall buildings with fibreglass tunnels running to a maximum depth of seven metres and ending with viewing platforms from which to admire the exhibitions.

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A visit to the museum will provide a unique opportunity to see magnificent monuments that have been lost under water over the centuries. This happened mainly as a result of earthquakes haunting the region.

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Apart from the possibility of making the artefacts accessible to tourists, another important aspect in favour of creating a museum in this location is the desire to secure them. Thieves are becoming more and more active in this area, taking advantage of the impotence of the police and the problems with protecting such an unusual place.

“This facility will set new standards and be the first of its kind in the world,” – concluded Youssef Khalifa, Chairman of the Central Administration of Lower Egypt Antiquities.

Source: earthables.com

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