Egypt will rebuild one of the “seven wonders of the ancient world”
Lighthouse of Alexandria has guided sailors for almost 18 centuries, using reflective mirrors and lights of daytime fireworks at night. Replica edifice will be built just a few dozen meters southwest of the original monument site, currently occupied by Qaitbay citadel.
Secretary of the Permanent Egyptian Antiquities, Amin Moustapha, told the Post that Cairo Committee members approved last week, “an old project, proposed earlier by region Alexandria governorate, which aims to bring back to life the headlamp.” A “feasibility study” for this project had already been proposed governorate of Alexandria, to take a decision in the coming weeks
Built around 280 BC, the Lighthouse of Alexandria had a height between 110 and 130 meters. It was for several centuries the tallest building ever built by humans.
“Original monument was composed of three parts: a low section, square, which was the central core, an intermediate section octagonal and circular section at the top,” said Fathy archeology professor Khourshid to Cairo Post. Heavily damaged as a result of earthquakes produced between the third century AD and XII century AD, construction collapse ended the century XIV. Fragments of the lighthouse were then used to build Qaitbay citadel. Others were discovered on the seabed near the port of Alexandria in the 1990s.