Today, it's a sprawl of luxury vacation homes where Egypt's wealthy play on the white beaches of the Mediterranean coast. But 2,000 years ago, this was a thriving Greco-Roman port city, boasting villas of merchants grown rich on the wheat and olive trade.
The ancient city, known as Leukaspis or Antiphrae, was hidden for centuries after it was nearly wiped out by a fourth century tsunami that devastated the region.
More recently, it was nearly buried under the modern resort of Marina in a development craze that turned this coast into the summer playground for Egypt's elite.
Nearly 25 years after its discovery, Egyptian authorities are preparing to open ancient Leukaspis' tombs, villas and city streets to visitors — a rare example of a Classical era city in a country better known for its pyramids and Pharaonic temples.
"Visitors can go to understand how people lived back then, how they built their graves, lived in villas or traded in the main agora (square)," said Ahmed Amin, the local inspector for the antiquities department. "Everyone's heard of the resort Marina, now they will know the historic Marina."
Egypt is planning to open the ancient city of Leukaspis, a 2,000-year-old Greco-Roman port city buried under the northern modern resort of Marina.
Also known as Antiphrae, the city was hidden for centuries after it was nearly wiped out by a tsunami that devastated the region in the fourth century.
Egyptian authorities have now decided to open the site with all its two-story villas and zigzagg streets nearly 25 years after its discovery, AP reported.
"Visitors can go to understand how people lived back then, how they built their graves, lived in villas or traded in the main agora (square)," said the local inspector for Egypt's antiquities department Ahmed Amin.
The ancient tombs and houses of Leukaspis were found when Chinese engineers were building roads for the Marina resort in 1986.