Pompey's Pillar, Alexandria

#4 of 17 in Historic Sites in Alexandria
Monument · Ruin
Marvel at the skill of ancient stonemasons at Pompey's Pillar, one of the largest monolith columns ever erected. Constructed in honor of the Emperor Diocletian in 297, this 26 m (88 ft) tall granite column is the largest Roman triumphal arch built outside Roman imperial cities, the tallest free-standing column not composed of drums. Commemorating a victory over a revolt in Alexandria, the Corinthian capped pillar is made of red granite from Aswan on a 20.5 m (67 ft) wide shaft having a diameter of 2.71 m (8.9 ft) at the base. With an estimated 285 tones, this is one of the largest ancient monuments. Explore statues of sphinx around the monument. Make Pompey's Pillar a part of your Alexandria vacation plans using our Alexandria vacation maker website.
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  • Entrance fee is 80 EGP, which was included in our tour. The site is an underwhelming Roman site that has 1 Pillar and two small Sphinx. There are better sites to visit.  more »
  • Nesse local estaria a antiga biblioteca de Alexandria, mas atualmente existe apenas algumas ruínas bem destruídas e uma grande coluna que dá nome ao lugar. Não achei nada demais! This would be the...  more »
  • Pompeys pillar is good to watch if you are visiting the Alexandria. Your guide will explain the stories related to it. It's very well preserved in the ruins. Moving up to it involves little ruined steps up from front otherwise there is a long way to reach at top too.
  • Impressive and massive granite column. You can imagine how this site will look in his good days. Flanked by 2 beautiful Sphinxes. Must visit

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