Alexander would turn in his grave if he knew how careless his first great city is handling his past!
Agreed, today’s Archaeological Museum of Alexandria is a very far cry from the famous Library/Museum where all the great minds of the ancient world met and exchanged their ideas, but even so: a museum always is a precious center of culture and art.
The recent unrest in
is not a favorable climate for any museum or antique site, but when I hear that
this contains more
than 40,000 artifacts, including some rare and unique books, it certainly hurts
my feelings. Archaeological
The situation in
is so desperate that
private intellectuals and archaeologists have joined hands and are launching a
campaign to expand this Greco-Roman Museum. First of all, the land right next
to the museum should be acquired and excavated to recover relics from early
times before constructing an extension to the present building from 1892 whose
façade copies that of a Greek temple. This museum is closed since 2005 because
it simply is too small to exhibit all its treasure, although I think they could
easily rotate their collection if they want to. For now, there is an agreement
on the land but the building permit is caught in red tape – to nobody’s
Yet the stakes are high for the plan is to match the grandeur of the famous Alexandrian Library from antiquity for which UNESCO is willing to help raising the funds.
It will take several years, if you ask me, before this building becomes reality and its relics from the basement going back to the third century BC will find a place so that we can enjoy all these unique treasures.
[Picture from Wikipedia.de]