Friday, August 20, 2010

Al-Alamein archeological site to open for visitors

Egypt Daily News

The Marina Al-Alamein archeological site will open four visitors mid-September, the Supreme Council of Antiquities said in a statement Tuesday.

The archeological site is the largest in the north coast, stretching over 189 acres, the SCA said.

It hosts a display for Roman villas, baths, marketplaces, remains of a church, tombs, streets, a Roman theater and various statues, according to Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

The site will be open during the day and at night; the SCA said a “high-tech” light system has been installed.

In a bid to encourage local tourism, the entrance fee for the site will be LE 5 for Egyptians with a 50 percent discount for students, said Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, Head of the Central Administration of Lower Egypt.

Hawass stressed the significance of the site, citing the importance of the port during the Greco-Roman era.

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