Egyptian authorities still need the consent of the governor of the region Alexandria
just to be able to start construction
of a replica of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, considered one of the seven wonders of antiquity.
Destroyed by an earthquake in 1303, the lighthouse could be rebuilt soon in Egypt, Moustapha said Amin, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Antiquities Youm7 newspaper.
After the announcement in March of President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, on the project of building a new administrative capital of his country, then at the April, aimed at achieving a second Suez Canal
, Egyptian pharaoh preparing a third project: building a size replicas of the Lighthouse of Alexandria.
The construction should be raised, the project will be validated after all, on the island of Pharos.Thanks to its size and a very effective play of lights, headlamp light up a perimeter of 50 kilometers around it.
Today, some excerpts from that beacon destroyed by the earthquake are still visible, as were used in the construction Qaitbay citadel
The only survivor of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” is the Great Pyramid of Giza.
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.
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