Alexandria was one of the ancient world’s most famous cities and home to one of its wonders. Founded in the fourth century BC by Alexander the Great, it remained Egypt’s capital for nearly a thousand years, until the Muslim conquest of Egypt in 641 AD. Now one of its glories is being reclaimed from the sea, and there is lots more to come.
Around Christmas archaeologists hoisted a pylon, which once stood at the entrance to a temple of Isis. Scientists believe that it was part of the palace complex of the fabled Cleopatra and may even be where she died.