I think we can all agree that the Pyramids of Giza are widely considered the magnus opus of Egypt’s long history – after all, they’re the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing.
But Egypt is also represented on the list – the original one which has spawned off many others, that is – through the the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Buckle up and get ready for a history lesson, as I channel my ninth grade school project. It was a really crude-looking collage of Egypt’s greatest touristic sights, if you’re interested. I got a B.
Anyway, to say that it’s seen better days is somewhat of an understatement – because, well, it essentially doesn’t actually exist anymore. Standing at around 130 metres, the lighthouse – or the Pharos of Alexandria, as it’s sometimes referred to – was, for many centuries, one of the tallest man-made structures in the world.
But, damaged by three separate earthquakes between 280 and 247 BC, the ruins that remained until the 15th century were rebuilt into what is now the Citadel of Qaitbay – which begs the question as to how the citadel, which now stands in the place of the tower, will be effected, if at all.
Whatever the case, remains discovered submerged in the Mediterranean in 1994 has helped archeologists theorise its reconstruction with more detail and if the rumours are true, all that’s left is for Alexandria governor, Hany el-Messiry, to give his blessing.