In Photos: Greece President visits Egypt’s Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 12 May 2024

Greek president Katerina Sakellaropoulou visited the Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria, accompanied by the Greek Minister of Culture, the Ambassador of Greece to Cairo, the Consul General of Greece in Alexandria, the Greek Cultural Attaché, members of the Onassis Greek Association, and several prominent Greek figures.

Greece s President Katerina Sakellaropoulou in her visit to the Greco-Roman Museum of Alexandria. Photo : Egypt s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities


The president and the delegation toured the museum's halls, renowned for its collection's richness and historical diversity. The exhibits traverse through the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, offering a comprehensive insight into ancient history.

The tour extended to the museum's library, which houses the esteemed Omar Toussoun Library, the revered book "La Description de L’ Égypt", and the museum's inaugural catalogue. The catalogue gives a glimpse of the museum's rare books hall.

President Sakellaropoulou and her accompanying delegation admired the museum's elegant exhibit style and its commitment to accessibility for visitors with disabilities. They also marvelled at the exhibited archaeological pieces. In addition, they lauded the museum's strategic location among numerous historical, cultural, and archaeological landmarks.

The renowned Graeco-Roman Museum in Alexandria reopened its doors last October after almost two decades of a long and meticulous restoration and rehabilitation process involving restoring the library and improving showcases for better display of the artefacts.

Following restoration, a new exhibition scenario was created to display the objects chronologically and thematically, and new lighting and security systems were also installed.

Furthermore, the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), in collaboration with the Egyptian Armed Forces Engineering Authority, undertook the restoration process, including restoring the building itself, replacing showcases, and installing new ventilation systems.

The museum has 30 galleries displaying artefacts from the Greco-Roman period. It also has a state-of-the-art conservation and research centre and a hall for multimedia. The museum was built in 1892 and was inaugurated by Khedive Abbas Helmy II in 1895 to display Greco-Roman artefacts discovered at archaeological sites in Alexandria. It was registered on Egypt’s heritage list for Islamic, Coptic, and Jewish antiquities in 1983.


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