Pompey’s Pillar




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Pompey’s Pillar

One of the landmarks of Alexandria, Pompey’s Pillar is a huge granite column that is 27 meters in height. The pillar, with the two sphinxes on its both sides, is the only remaining sections of the temple of Serapuem; a temple constructed in the year 297 AD dedicated to Serapis; an Egyptian god which was very popular in Egypt during the Greco-Roman period.

This column was named after Pompey by Midlevel travellers who thought that the great Roman army leader Pompey who was murdered in Egypt in 48 BC was buried on this site.

Although the huge pillar and the two sphinxes are the only remaining items on this historical site, it was recorded in history that the Serapuem was the second largest religious site in the Roman Empire.