Pompey’s Pillar in Alexandria


Pompey’s Pillar is an ancient Roman triumphal column located in Alexandria, Egypt. It was erected in 292 AD to commemorate the victory of Roman Emperor Diocletian over an Alexandrian revolt. Despite the name, the column has no connection to the famous Roman general Pompey. The pillar is made of red granite and stands over 25 meters tall, with a diameter of 2.7 meters. It has a Corinthian capital decorated with acanthus leaves. The pillar was originally topped with a statue of Diocletian, but this was destroyed in an earthquake in 365 AD. Today, tourists can visit Pompey’s Pillar and climb to the top for panoramic views of Alexandria.

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