Sawary column area

The Pillar of Al-Sawari (Diocletia’s Colum) is oe of the most famous archaeological sites i Alexadria Archeology. It was built betwee the curret Muslim cemetery area kow as the “Cemetery of the Colum” ad the aciet hill of Kom Al Shakafa. It is about 26.85 m log ad is made of pik graite. The remais of the Serapeum Temple (Temple of the Serpetie Serapis) were fouded by Kig Ptolemy III durig the third cetury BC. The temple was the largest ad most importat temples of Alexadria i the Greco-Roma era. The regio was best kow as the “Pillar of Suarees” by Arab travelers who later became the “Al-Sawari” ad was kow as the “Pompey Colum” at the historias of the Crusades. The Alexadrias set up this pillar o the Temple of the Sarabium, dedicated to the Emperor Diocletia (248-305 AD) ad thak him for redistributig the quota of wheat that Egypt was supposed to sed to Rome. O the upper part of the base is a egraved Greek iscriptio, Ad the meaig of this iscriptio is as follows: “For the just Emperor, the protector of Alexadria, Diocletia the ivicible, the goveror of Egypt built this pillar.”

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