On the way to the bus we were again offered items for $1....$1. I think those are the first words children learn in Egypt. But they are trying to make a living, so I do succumb and purchase some postcards and book marks from the least pushy vendors. The streets of Alexandria are just as crowded as Cairo, some closed off to vehicles and outdoor markets spill out into the streets.
Our first stop is an ancient Roman excavation. The reason the theater was uncovered was that that fill was needed for a nearby building site. The excavations revealed the ruins. The complex is in the heart of Alexandria and surrounded by development. Most of the theater is below the current level of the city from the accumulations of thousands of years of debris and dirt. Once down the level of the theater, there is a wide avenue, the theater and Roman baths that are still being excavated, and no entrance was allowed.
Upon leaving the museum we stopped by the new library of Alexandria. The plans are to replicate the ancient library with the most volumes. After a few photos on to the Qaitbay Citadel, a fort that guarded the harbor entrance. Located on a narrow strip of land that helps form the harbor, the fort was erected in the 15th Century to defend the city. Its thick stone walls were fell prey to cannons of the British fleet and were repaired and the fort became a refuge for King Farouk. After the revolution on 1952 it became a museum as it still remains.
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