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Treasures of Ancient Alexandria
July 30, 2012   
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The latest exhibition at Warsaw’s Royal Castle showcases the achievements of Polish archeologists who have worked in Alexandria, Egypt, for over 50 years.

The exhibition is entitled The Alexandrian School: Polish Archeological Research and Restoration Projects at Kom el-Dikka, 1960-2011.

The Kom el-Dikka excavation site is located in the heart of present-day Alexandria, the former capital of Ptolemaic Egypt. Around four hectares in area, it is the only section of this size of the ancient metropolis to be thoroughly examined by archeologists. Over the past five decades, the entire central quarter of ancient Alexandria has been uncovered. Some of the most remarkable discoveries include a unique theater building with a stunning auditorium of marble, a complex of imperial bath houses and cisterns from the late Roman period, lecture rooms of the Academy of Alexandria and a number of villas with floors covered in figurative and geometrical mosaics.

Visitors to the Royal Castle can see the results of Polish archeologists’ research and pictures of unearthed artifacts, such as collections of sculptures, oil lamps, glassware and terra-cotta vessels, on 53 charts which document key stages of research and conservation work which archeologists are conducting simultaneously with the excavations. The efforts have resulted in a unique archeological park established in the center of contemporary Alexandria and comprising reconstructed public buildings, a residential quarter, porticos and colonnades.

Until Aug. 31

Royal Castle in Warsaw—Great Treasury
Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free admission
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