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Alexandria is a city in Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea. It was named after Alexander the Great, who founded the city. After Alexander's death, it was the seat of the Ptolemaic dynasty, quickly became one of the greatest cities of the Hellenistic world, and has remained one of the largest and most important cities of Egypt ever since; nowadays it is the nation's second largest city.

In ancient times, Alexandria was known for its lighthouse (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) and its library (the biggest in the world). Ongoing marine archaeology in the harbor of Alexandria is revealing details of the Alexandria of the Ptolemaic dynasty.

In April of 2002, a new library building, [Bibliotheca Alexandrina]?, will be officially inaugurated in Alexandria. It has been built with the help of the United Nations. Find out more through http://www.unesco.org/webworld/alexandria_new/ and http://google.com/search?q=bibliotheca+Alexandrina

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