An Overview of Alexandria

The second largest city in Egypt,  Alexandria  has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern; its ambiance and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country although it is only 225 km from Cairo.

Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria became the capital of Greco Roman Egypt; its status as a beacon of culture is symbolized by Pharos, the legendary lighthouse that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Since the 19th century Alexandria has played a new role, as a focus for Egypt’s commercial and maritime expansion. Generations of immigrants from Greece, Italy and the Levant settled here and made the city synonymous with commerce, cosmopolitanism and bohemian culture (source).

The library of Alexandria was the most famous library of classical antiquity. It was in the Museum (Greek, mouseion), a temple devoted to the Muses. Ptolemy Philadelphus housed up to a hundred scholars permanently in the Brucheium, part of the complex of the Museum, studying maths, geometry, medicine and astronomy, observing, measuring, lecturing, collecting and editing Greek literature, and translating Assyrian, Persian, Egyptian, Jewish, Indian, and other works. The Alexandrian Museum was a place for scholars from different cultures to meet and exchange learning, and a repository for the knowledge. It was the emporium of religious dogmas throughout the East and a place for the disciples of nearly every system of religious faith then existing (source).

Religion in Egypt

Religion has traditionally been a pervasive social force in Egypt. For more than 1,000 years, the country has been mostly Islamic. Still, there is an indigenous Christian minority, the Copts, which accounted for as much as 8.5 percent of the total population. Other Christians living in the country included approximately 750,000 adherents of various Latin and Eastern Catholic rites, Greek and Armenian Orthodox churches, and Protestant denominations; many of these Christians emigrated after the 1956 War (source).

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