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PostSubject: Raising Alexandria   Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:57 am

I have my own opinion on this project.......It seems to me that it is the lazy way out....I say raise it all. You have all the pieces of the puzzel. Bring it back to the land instead of drowning in it's watery grave. If one can move Philae and Abu Simbal then one can certainly drag all of it out of obviously not that deep of water, according to the article, to see the light of day again.

I mean after all, one can feel safe digging up a bunch of dead people and acting like it's big stuff, but you don't make an attempt to resurrect the glories that was once Alexandria. WHY????

You will never find the secret of the Ptolemies if you don't.



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The palace of Egyptian Queen Cleopatra went under
the waters of Mediterranean sea long time ago. However, tourists
visiting Alexandria will soon have the opportunity to admire the
remnants of the palace through an underwater museum in the Egyptian city. Photos are available here
.
The museum's site is located near the New Library of Alexandria, the place where scientists believe Cleopatra lived together with Marc Anthony. This September, UNESCO,
announced that it will send a team to determine whether it is possible
to build such kind of museum. If yes, people will be able to observe
the treasures and monuments of Cleopatra's palace.
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.
The museum will also include remnants of the Pharos of Alexandria lighthouse, which is one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world.
Archaeologists managed to identify over 2,000 objects in the area where
they consider the lighthouse once stood. The museum is expected to be
both inland and underwater.
The lead architect of feasibility study is Jacques Rougerie,
who designed the museum with four tall glass structures all resembling
the sails of fellucas, ancient sailboats that traveled along Nile.
"Those four points will be like the lighthouse of Alexandria
that illuminated the library and the world. I want to do the same thing
with this museum,"
said the architect.
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.
"Try to picture a glass tube. And you simply put it over the
main monuments that we need to highlight. It's almost like putting each
of these monuments in this tube,"
said Amin, the Supreme Council expert.
In case the feasibility study determines that the underwater museum
can be constructed safely, it will be built in 3 years. There's yet no
data regarding the cost of the construction. The concerns over the
pressure of water on the walls are not high since the Alexandria bay is
only 5 to 6 meters deep.
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