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Exploring Marsa Matrouh

There's a lot more to Marsa Matrouh than the pristine waters and historic sites, above water and below

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES: In Pharaonic times, Marsa Matrouh was known as the Store of Beans because it was crowded with people and activities. This is the reason why today almost every 15km, visitors will find an archaeological excavation site, according to Mustafa Ibrahim, senior inspector at the Marsa Matrouh Antiquities Authority. In fact, there are some 30 Roman pottery factories -- two of which are in downtown Marsa Matrouh.

One kilometre away from Cleopatra Beach, there are Roman cemeteries; close by, there's another cemetery embedded in the mountain where tear containers were discovered. The containers were used by family members to collect the tears they wept over their beloved dead. Once full, they were placed beside the corpse to demonstrate how much they loved the deceased.

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From the days of Alexander the Great to the Battle of Alamein, history has played out on the shores of Marsa Matrouh. Today, the North Coast city on the Mediterranean is an ideal escape for anyone who wants to travel. This Mediterranean diamond in the rough has been serenaded in songs and served as the backdrop of legendary love. Sahar El-Bahr remincised, while photographer Sherif Sonbol captured all the eye can behold

THE CLEOPATRA Beach, located 20km west of Marsa Matrouh City, was witness to the legendary romance between the enigmatic Queen Cleopatra and her lover Mark Antony. It is the site where they fell in love and over the centuries inspired tens of poets and writers to pen masterpieces of love and despair. According to some historians, the ill-fated lovers may have spent their last hours together in Matrouh.

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