Photographer's Note

This is the interior of the Alexandria Library in Egypt. I was inspired to post this because of Craig's recent library interior post. Went looking for it and found it so here it is. Please see the workshop for another view. The original 'Royal library' was partly burned down by Julius Caesar in 48 BC, again by Roman Emperor Aurelian in the 3rd century AD, & finally by the Muslim conquest of Egypt in 642 AD.

From Wikipedia: "The library was created by Ptolemy I Soter, who was a Macedonian general and the successor of Alexander the Great. Most of the books were kept as papyrus scrolls. It is unknown precisely how many such scrolls were housed at any given time, but estimates range from 40,000 to 400,000 at its height." Today's library which commemorates the antique one, is almost as impressive and well worth a visit. Alexandria is easily reached by train from Ramses Station in Cairo.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17204 W: 1065 N: 37900] (171888)
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