Uchm Alexandria Project

Egypt to Establish Subaquatic Museum

alexandria-underwater-museum.jpg__800x600_q85_cropFilled with thousands of antique relics, Egypt has been the one of the main hubs for ancient history since the establishment of the Pyramids. While many of Egypt’s iconic ruins are safely preserved above ground, countless treasures still lie at the bottom of the Bay of Alexandria. In hopes to showcase these incredible artifacts to the public, Egypt has revitalized their 1996 concept of launching an underwater museum, which will allow tourists to revel the rest of the city’s historical objects that have been submerged for more than 1,000 years once completed.

“The museum will consist of two parts,” says Youssef Khalifa, the chairman of the Central Administration of Lower Egypt Antiquities, to Al-Monitor. “One part above the water surface for the relics that have been recovered, and another part underwater, stretching over a distance of seven meters to display antiquities that are still in the water.”

uchm-alexandrie-rougerie-projectThe concept of the underwater museum will not only benefit the country’s tourists, but also the preservationists. According to multiple sources, the museum will help preserve the artifacts from natural destruction that could come about from extraction as well as history robbers. If the museum is in place, conservationists will be able to care for the artifacts and account for them at all times. Relics that would be showcased due to the museum would be statues, sphinxes, as well as alleged pieces of the Pharos of Alexandria lighthouse.

“Visitors will be able to see the relics either by diving or walking inside underwater tunnels on a tour inside the museum,” says Khalifa to Al-Monitor. Currently, UNESCO as well as private parties are in the works for helping this exciting project come to fruition. Currently, there is not an official opening date. When it is all said and done, the underwater museum will cost more than $100 million—but you can’t put a price on a first-hand experience of old world sites.

Image credits: ©Jacques Rougerie Architecte/Smithsonian Mag, ©Rougerie/UNESCO
Sources: UNESCO, Smithsonian Mag and Al-Monitor

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