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I am Rehab KhaifaI am a third-year secondary student at El-Hag Hadad Secondary School in Edfa, Sohag.I knew this site from my brother Mohamed Khalifa. I told him to teach me how to create a topic in this wiki as him. He agreed and helped me a lot indeed. I love my country, Egypt, and I want tourists to return to it. That's why I decided to write about a very important topic which is "Alexandria's Underwater Museum". I hope tourists come back to visit Egypt. I'll leave you to read it and tell me your opinion.

Alexandria's Underwater Museum


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Introduction:

Alexandria is home to many of Egypt’s relics and historic sites. A soon to be added site is the underwater museum proposed to seat next to the Bibliotheca, Alexnadria is a wonder piece for a library in its own right and a place where Cleopatra once had a palace on an island in one of the largest human-made bays in the world back in the day, submerged by earthquakes in the 4th century. Reports on the National Geographic inform that “the proposed museum would be both inland and underwater. The dual nature is intended to create an experience like that of a traditional museum while also allowing visitors to witness artifacts in their submerged states.”

Location of the Museum:

The museum's site is located near the New Library of Alexandria, the place where scientists believe Cleopatra lived together with Marc Anthony.
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What will it include?

Proposed museum will include pieces which were believed to be from the Pharos of Alexandria lighthouse which was counted among one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Archaeologists from different parts of world have located more than 2,000 submerged objects in the zone of the bay where they believe that the lighthouse was standing in past. The mueseum will also include the palace of Egyptian Queen Cleopatra which went under the waters of Mediterranean sea long time ago. It is worth mentioning that the Queen's palace was built on an island, in one of the biggest man-made bays in the world, but it sank due to earthquakes that occurred from the 4th century AD onward.




The bay features lots of archaeological treasures lying under water. Back in 1990s scientists discovered 26 sphinxes, statues featuring the gifts to the gods, Roman and Greeks shipwrecks and thousands of other objects.

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An eroded sphinx, shown in an undated photo, isn’t much more than a silhouette in the Bay of Alexandria’s dusky waters.


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The marble head of Roman princess Antonia Minor, mother of Emperor Claudius, rests on sand
at the now sunken site of Cleopatra’s Alexandria, Egypt


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Twin sphinxes flank a statue of a priest of Isis amid fallen columns on Alexandria’s sunken island of Antirhodos.
The statue was raised in 1998 and became part of a traveling exhibition

The fiberglass tunnels will help viewers pass from the inland part of the museum to the one located underwater. However, the bay has murky waters that could make the monuments difficult to see. To solve this problem, the museum builders will most likely have to replace the water with an artificial lagoon.

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Some artifacts from the Alexandria harbor are already on exhibit tours and novice scuba divers can already visit the “Underwater City of Cleopatra” or a number of other “underwater museums” around the world through scuba tours; however, the Underwater Museum of Alexandria will be the first structure highlighting underwater heritage and objects too fragile to raise out of water. Dear Tourists, we are waiting for you to come and visit this museum soon.



Resources:


Websites:
http://www.infoniac.com/environment/underwater-museum-in-alexandria.html
http://weekly.dailytrust.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3756:underwater-museum-a-new-kind-of-tourism&catid=32:travel-and-leisure&Itemid=141
http://daily-india-live.com/2010/04/10/worlds-first-underwater-museum-proposed-in-alexandria/
http://www.luxuo.com/travel/underwater-museum-for-egypt-sunken.html
http://www.withoutwax.org/Without_Wax/Blog/Entries/2009/4/1_Underwater_Museum_in_Alexandria.html

Photos:
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Videos:
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