There’s a $200 million plan for an underwater museum, but it has a problem
November 5, 20153:05pm
THE waters surrounding the Egyptian city of Alexandria hold some incredible sights that few people have ever laid eyes on.Entire cities have sunk here, never to be seen again, along with some of the most fascinating ancient structures on Earth that to this day remain enveloped in the murky depths of the Mediterranean Sea.
Known as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in 331BC and no expenses were spared in its planning and architecture, making it home to many sites of ancient splendour.
That includes the Pharos Lighthouse — one of the seven wonders of the ancient world — along with the Royal Court or Cleopatra’s Palace. They lie at depths of between 5-10 and 6-8 metres, respectively.
This means visitors will be able stroll around and stay dry while soaking up the ancient sites, or if they want to get up close to the structures they can choose to dive.
There will also be a section of the museum above the water surface for the relics that have been recovered.
“The museum will include four tall underwater buildings in the form of Nile boats connected to one another over an area of 22,000 square metres. They will be lined up in a circle with a radius of 40 meters.
It’s expected to attract three million visitors a year.
Now, the plan has been revived and the Ministry of Antiquities is confident it won’t be much longer until it’s a reality.
However, there’s one problem that they must overcome: pollution that’s flooded into the water. Yes, that includes sewage. Not exactly what tourists would be hoping to see float by while walking through the underwater museum.
And as noted by one reader of Al-Monitor: “Exactly what tourists want to do go and watch untreated Egyptian sewage pouring into the Mediterranean. Ahh the sights and the smells will be unforgettable.”