A busy port in ancient times, fishermen and boat builders
still work here today. Palms and old colonial mansions line
part of the sweeping bay.
PALACE AND GARDENS
on a low plateau east of Alexandria and overlooking a beautiful
beach, amid about 370 feddans of gardens and woods, the Palace
comprises a number of buildings, the most important being
Al-Haramlek, the summer residence of the former royal family.
Alexandria University Conference Centre
The Alexandria Cultural Centre, in Al-Silsilah, built on an
area of 42,000 sq. meters, comprises a conference center,
the Alexandria library, an open courtyard and a garage.
conference centre, covers an area of 5000 sq. meters and has
a noverall seating capacity of 2672.
conference centre comprises:
-The main auditorium (1700 seats) which is a large hall without
any pillars to obstruct the view. It is a multipurpose facility
with a fully equipped stage that allows for holding international
science conferences, and for staging plays, concerts, ballets,
and operas. There are six separate booths equipped for simultaneous
interpretation in six languages.
smaller halls: the first seats 400, and the other two seat
286 each. Five separate booths for simultaneous interpretations
are attached to each hall.
the halls are equipped with audio-visual aids, closed-circuit
TV, airconditioning, and direct-dial telephone services.
facilities include information, security and parking areas.
of fine Art
The Fine Arts Museum has a collection ranging from drawings
of rural life to Surrealist paintings. It also houses collections
of sculptures, and architectural works. Exhibitions of works
by contemporary Egyptian and international artists are held
regularly and, every two years, it hosts the Alexandrian Bienniale,
a showcase of art from all the Mediterranean countries.
Royal Jewellery Museum
The Royal Jewellery Museum, in Glym, is set in a former palace
and has a magnificent collection of the jewellry accumulated
by Mohammed Ali and his descendants as well as statues and
paintings. Originally the Palace of Fatma al-Zahraa, in Zizinia,
it is an architectural masterpiece. Its many rooms and halls
contain many rare paintings, statues and decorations, as well
as a priceless collection of jewels of the Mohammed Ali dynasty.
The Hydrobiological Institute and Museum, near Fort Qaitbey,
has a rare collection of fish and marine life. Located at
Al-Anfushi, near Qait Bay Fortress, the museum houses a rare
collection of fish and marine life.