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Alexandria was too much like a European city to be novel, and we soon tired of it. So, they take a train to Cairo October 4.

Alexandria (/ˌælɪɡˈzændriə/ or /-ˈzɑːnd-/;[6] Arabic: الإسكندرية al-ʾIskandarīyah;[7]Ancient Greek: Αλεξάνδρεια, romanizedAlexándria)[8][9] is a Mediterranean port city in Egypt. Founded in c. 331 BC by Alexander the Great[10], Alexandria grew rapidly and became a major centre of Hellenic civilisation, eventually replacing Memphis as Egypt's capital. During the Hellenistic period, it was home to a lighthouse that ranked among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as well as a storied library. Today the library is reincarnated in the disc-shaped, ultramodern Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Its 15th-century seafront Qaitbay Citadel is now a museum. Called the "Bride of the Mediterranean" by locals,[11]Alexandria is a popular tourist destination, and an important industrial centre due to its natural gas and oil pipelines from Suez.


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