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.