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Alexandria, Egypt
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    Founded in 332 BC by Alexander the Great
    Annexed by the Romans (80 BC)
    Controlled by the Persians (616 AD), the Arabs (691), the Ottoman Turks (1517-1798; 1805-1882) and the British (1882-1922)
    Briefly occupied by Napoleon Bonaparte (1798-1801)
    Population 4.1 million (2008)
    Covers 20 miles of the Mediterranean coast in central-northern Egypt
    Capital of Egypt for over a thousand years up until the Arab takeover
    It is Egypt’s ‘second city’ after Cairo.
    Its ambiance is more Mediterranean than Arabic or Egyptian.
    Little is left of the ancient city, and many ruins are underwater.
    Soon after founding Alexandria, Alexander left and never returned.
    It was here that Cleopatra had her notorious affairs with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony.
    It was completely destroyed by warfare in 115 AD (but rebuilt by Hadrian).
    Roman converts to Christianity destroyed many of its ‘pagan’ temples.
    It was the site of a failed assassination attempt on native son Gamal Nasser (1954).
    It was the most multicultural and cosmopolitan city of classical times.
    It was home to the ancient world’s largest Jewish community outside of the holy land.
    It was a key center of trade for Europe and Asia for centuries.
    It became an important Christian center after the fall of Rome.
    It was the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
    It is Egypt’s largest seaport.
    It is famed for its fishermen's colorful boats.
    It was bombed by Israel in 1954.
    The renowned Library of Alexandria of ancient times was recreated in 2003.

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