Pompey’s Pillar

The red granite of Pompey’s Pillar was brought all the way from Aswan, then in Nubia and at 27m high is Alexandria’s tallest antiquity. It measures some 9m thick and is topped by a flamboyant Corinthian capital. It looms over the ancient settlement of Rhakotis, Alexandria’s original settlement but its name is a misnomer – an inscription at the base says it was erected in 291 to support a statue of the then emperor Diocletian.

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