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Old May 6th, 2015, 05:12 PM   #1
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Egypt: Replica Pharos Lighthouse plans approved

Plans to rebuild one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Pharos Lighthouse, have been approved by Egyptian authorities, it's reported.

The feat of ancient engineering, which is also known as the Lighthouse of Alexandria, was completed around 280BC, and is estimated to have been between 110m and 130m high. The plan is to rebuild the lighthouse a few metres away from where it once stood in the coastal city of Alexandria, as the original location is now occupied by the Qaitbay Citadel, the Cairo Post reports. Egypt's permanent committee on antiquities has approved the proposal and now it's just down to the Alexandria's regional government to sign-off on it, Dr Mostafa Amin, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, tells the Youm7 website.

The Pharos Lighthouse was one of the most famous structures of the ancient world. "The original building comprised three stages: a lower square section with a central core, a middle octagonal section and a circular section at its top," archaeology professor Fathy Khourshid tells the Cairo Post. It guided ships using a mirror during the daytime, and a fire at night. The lighthouse suffered damage during a series of earthquakes and is believed to have been destroyed by one in the early 14th Century. Bits and pieces of the structure were used to build the Qaitbay Citadel, and more remains were discovered in Alexandria's harbour in 1990s.

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Alexandria Lighthouse to be reassembled in original location

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that was badly damaged by three earthquakes, will be rebuilt nearby its original location.

In its meeting last week, “members of the Permanent Committee of the Egyptian Antiquities have approved an old project, submitted previously by the Alexandria governorate, aiming to revive the lighthouse,” Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities SCA Dr. Mostafa Amin told Youm7.

He explained that members of the committee agreed on reconstructing the Lighthouse on an area of land located a few meters to the southwest of the landmark’s original location. A comprehensive study has been completed and submitted to Alexandria governorate for final approval, he added.

The Lighthouse, also known as the Pharos, was badly damaged due to a series of earthquakes hit Alexandria and the Mediterranean area between the 3rd and 12th centuries, Greco-Roman archaeology professor Fathy Khourshid told The Cairo Post Tuesday.

“A severe earthquake in 1303 caused a huge destruction of the monument before the Mamluk Sultan Qaitbay in 1480 reused the monument’s ruins to construct a fortress (currently standing and bearing his name) on the original location of the Pharos northwest of Alexandria,” according to Khourshid.

Built by the Greek architect Sostratus of Cnidus for the purpose of guiding sailors into the harbor, the tower was completed and inaugurated during the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285 B.C.-246B.C.), said Khourshid.

“The original building comprised three stages: a lower square section with a central core, a middle octagonal section and a circular section at its top,” he added.

Its top used to have a mirror that reflected sunlight during the day while a fire was lit at night in order to guide ships, said Khourshid.

In 1994, remains of the original building were unearthed on the floor of the sunken part of Alexandria’s eastern harbor.

With a height estimated at 130 meters, (420 feet) the tower was the tallest manmade structure on Earth for many centuries.

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The Lighthouse of Alexandria to be reassembled


Construction started: 280 BC
Destruction date: 1323
Location: Qaitbay Citadel
Height: 120 m
Destroyed by: Earthquake
Architect: Sostratus of Cnidus
Materials: Masonry, Stone

Reassembling of the Light house -
Construction start: Early 2016
Construction End: Late 2016 - Early 2017
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Height: 120 m
Materials: Masonry, Stone
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Awesome!!
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Great news. Let's hope the recontruction will resemble the original as much as possible.
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Great news. Let's hope the recontruction will resemble the original as much as possible.
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I hope it's a replica with elevators
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Wonderful news. I congratulate Alexandria.
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Nah, elevators would mean that it has lost all its authenticity.
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But surely it would be earthquake-proofed, right?
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Egypt to ‘Rebuild’ the Lighthouse of Alexandria, One of the Seven Ancient World Wonders

One of the World’s Seven Ancient World Wonders is about to be reincarnated as Egypt’s supreme antiquities council has approved the rebuilding of the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

The Lighthouse, which was built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom in 280 BC, once stood at approximately 137 meters tall and was one of the world’s tallest man-made structures for hundreds of years.

Hundreds of years after being badly damaged by a number of earthquakes in 1323, Egypt is seeking to revive the lighthouse at it’s original location.

“Members of the Permanent Committee of the Egyptian Antiquities have approved an old project, submitted previously by the Alexandria governorate, aiming to revive the lighthouse,” Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Dr. Mostafa Amin told Youm7, a private newspaper in Egypt.

According to Dr. Amin, the comprehensive studies and a final plan have been submitted to Alexandria’s governor for final approval.

The Lighthouse, also known as the Pharos Lighthouse, was commissioned shortly after Alexander the Great died by the first Ptolemy and completed during the reign of the second Ptolemy.

The significance of the Lighthouse is attributed to the word ‘Pharos’ becoming the etymological origin of the world ‘lighthouse’ in Greek, Persian, French, Italian, Spanish and other languages.

Despite being destroyed in 1323, remnant stones of the structure were used to build the Citadel of Qatibay in 1480, which stands in Alexandria until this day.

Along with being one of the world’s tallest structures for hundreds of years, the Lighthouse was also the third longest surviving Ancient World Wonder after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the Great Pyramid of Giza.




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Awesome, bring back the Colossus next!
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It would be a new landmark for Alexandria, bringing back a key piece of its former grandeur! Bring on the cranes!
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Nice! Let's hope they won't mess it up and it will look authentic as much as possible.
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hope they rebuild it as it would look newly build back then and not make it artificially look old. I have serious doubts about the former though, so I will be glad either way
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Nah, elevators would mean that it has lost all its authenticity.
Well, the Alexandria Lighthouse was built long before the elevator (or lift) was invented. Not sure if the reconstructed Alexandria Lighthouse should be used as an observation tower. Plus, a structure 130 meters in height would need to have elevators/lifts in this day and age. What, do we need to use only stairs to reach the top of the new lighthouse?
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