Thursday, January 18, 2018
An Egyptian archaeological mission working at an archaeological site in Al-Alamein on the northern coast has discovered a rock-hewn tomb that dates to the first and second centuries AD. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
The discovery was made during an archaeological survey carried out ahead of infrastructure work in New Alamein City.
Naema Sanad, director-general of the Marina archaeological site and head of the mission, told Ahram Online that the tomb contains of a staircase engraved in rock that leads to the main chamber of the tomb, whose walls hold a number of burial holes called “Locauli.”
Sanad says that the southern wall of the tomb is adorned with a Greek religious and artistic decoration called the “welfare horn,” which depicts a horn with a basin decorated with flowers and tree leaves. To the right of the tomb’s entrance is another chamber that was added during a later period.
Eman Abdel-Khaleq, senior inspector of the site, pointed out that the mission has discovered many artefacts in the tomb, including a collection of coins dating to the period when the tomb was built in addition to many pottery vessels and two lamps.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Fox Grotto Museum near Marsa Matrouh has been officially reopened after seven years of closure. Nevine El-Aref attended the ceremony.
On Egypt’s Mediterranean coast near the town of Marsa Matrouh stands the Fox Grotto Museum welcoming visitors and summer holidaymakers. After seven years of closure for restoration and development, the museum, the place where German army field-marshal Erwin Rommel, the so-called “Desert Fox,” hid in the area’s cliffs and planned German military operations against the British during World War II, was finally reopened by Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and Matrouh governor Alaa Abu-Zeid this week.
Rommel was one of Germany’s leading field commanders in World War II, and he was famous for his courage, determination and leadership. He fought the 12-day Battle of Alamein against the British from 23 October 1942, only to retreat on 4 November in the face of an onslaught by British troops. According to a plaque at the Cave Museum, Rommel died in October 1944, having been accused of plotting against the life of German dictator Adolf Hitler and given the choice of either standing trial or quietly committing suicide to ensure the safety of his family. Rommel chose the latter course, and his death was announced as having been due to a heart attack.
The cave is located in front of Rommel Beach in Marsa Matrouh, and it was originally cut out of the rocky cliffs during the Roman period as a storage space due to its position near an ancient seaport. When the German troops entered Al-Alamein, Rommel selected the cave as his headquarters because it was hidden in the cliffs overlooking the harbour. In 1977, the idea of transforming the cave into a museum was launched as a way of paying tribute to Rommel’s career. However, the plan was not put into effect until 1988, when it was opened to the public in order to display a collection of Rommel’s personal possessions, many of them donated by his son Manfred, as well as weapons, shells and military equipment used during World War II.
The museum is not like any other in Egypt, as it is cave-shaped with showcases installed within its walls. Some artefacts are exhibited freely on the rocks. It contains Rommel’s full-length leather coat, clothes trunk, photographs, field telephone, compass, military attire, maps he drew himself, battle plans and medals he received. Copies of a newspaper produced by Rommel’s troops in Africa during the war called Al-Waha (Oasis) are also on display, as well as boxes housing the files of German soldiers from the time.
“The reopening of the Cave Museum highlights the aim of the Ministry of Antiquities to promote tourism through opening new attractions as well as increasing archaeological awareness among people in general,” El-Enany told the Al-Ahram Weekly. He described the development of the museum as “a positive example of collaboration between the ministry and the governorate.” The Matrouh governorate had allocated a budget of LE2.5 million to restore the cave.... READ MORE.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The Rommel Cave Museum in Marsa Matrouh is to reopen to the public within the next two months after almost seven years of closure, reports Nevine El-Aref.
Holidaymakers in the Marsa Matrouh governorate on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast will have more to enjoy than the sun, sand and sea next summer. They will also be able to explore the Rommel Cave Museum, the place where German army field marshal Erwin Rommel, the so-called “Desert Fox”, hid in the area’s cliffs and planned German military operations against the British during World War II.
Rommel was one of Germany’s leading field commanders in World War II, and he was famous for his battle tricks, courage, determination and leadership. He fought the 12-day Battle of Alamein against the British from 23 October 1942, only to retreat on 4 November in the face of an onslaught by British troops.
According to a plaque at the Cave Museum, Rommel died in October 1944, having been accused of plotting against the life of German dictator Adolf Hitler and given the choice of either standing trial or quietly committing suicide to ensure the safety of his family. Rommel chose the latter course, and his death was announced as having been due to a heart attack.
The cave is located near the Rommel Beach in Marsa Matrouh, and it was originally cut out of the rocky cliffs during the Roman period as a storage space due to its position near an ancient seaport. When the German troops entered Al-Alamein, Rommel selected the cave as his military headquarters because it was hidden in the cliffs overlooking the harbour.
In 1977, the idea of transforming the cave into a museum was launched as a way of paying tribute to Rommel’s career. However, the plan was not put into effect until 1988, when it was opened to the public in order to display a collection of Rommel’s personal possessions, many of them donated by his son Manfred, as well as weapons, shells and military equipment used during World War I.
Among the exhibited objects are Rommel’s full-length leather coat, clothes trunk, photographs, field telephone, compass, military attire, maps he drew himself, battle plans and medals he received from Hitler. Copies of a newspaper produced by Rommel’s troops in Africa during the war, called Al-Waha (Oasis), are also on display, as well as boxes housing the files of German soldiers from the time.
In 2010, the museum was closed for restoration and development, and it has since been closed to the public. However, last month the Ministry of Antiquities resumed restoration work at the cave and the conservation of its artifacts, saying that it would be reopened to the public within the next two months.... READ MORE.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
A new tourism project aimed at relatives of World War II (WWII) dead is scheduled to start, said Alaa Ezz, the Secretary General of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC) and the Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations (CEEBA).
The project, entitled GOALS, aims to promote foreigners visiting deceased family members who were buried in Egypt during WWII. “We have around 180,000 people buried in El Alamein during WWII from the UK, Germany, France and Italy,” Ezz said. “We created a database of them.”
The project will be promoted gradually and immediate feedback is not expected. “It will be a long term project but we have done the math for the existing pyramid of children and grandchildren,” he said.
The government is expecting this project to bring in about one million tourists over the course of several years, Ezz noted. This is one of three projects the government is launching in cooperation with the European Union to increase tourism.
Ezz highlighted that the tourism sector booms in Alexandria during the summer season, but faces challenges for the rest of the year, as it relies mainly on “beach tourism”. These newly launched projects will seek to “activate during the rest of the year”.
Culinary tourism, which comprises 6% of the global tourism, will be one of the projects being promoted during the conference with the launch of the MedDiet project.
“[Through this project] we are trying to promote the Mediterranean diet with placing labels on the restaurants [that serve such a diet] and through mobile applications and showing labels for certified restaurants at the airports,” Ezz said. This project is catering to Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Spain, Italy and Greece.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
TIBNIYA – It was still dark when the first bike has left the Caesar Bay Resort of El Alamein direction start of the first selective section of 2015 Pharaons Rally. A transfer of 215 kilometres has taken to the start of special, the first real commitment for the competitors with its 228 kilometres.
Yazeed Al Rajhi (Toyota Overdrive) among the cars, Mohammed Al Balooshi (KTM) among the bikes and Mohamed Abu Issa (Yamaha) among the quads on the opening day of the rally.
Among the four wheels drive the strong Saudi has wished to immediately assert his intention to win again the Pharaons and like last year he has pointed toward the prince of the desert, Nasser Al Attiyah (Mini), preceeding him by two minutes.
Third position for the Polish Adam Malysz (Mini), some six minutes from the winner, while a fourth has concluded to be the actual World Champion, the Russian Vladimir Vasilyev (Mini), at 6’33’’ from Al Rajhi.
Good day also for the Brazilian Reinaldo Varela (Toyota), fifth at the finish in front of his mark companion Marek Dabrowski.
Among the bikes the forecast for the eve has been widely respected and the three pilots mostly accredited for the final victory have occupied the first three positions. The conductor of the Emirates, Mohammed Al Balooshi (KTM) has been the fastest preceding by 1’47’’ the Polish Jakub Piatek (KTM) and by 2’37’’ the winner of the last edition, the Bolivian Juan Carlos Salvatierra.
Among the quads imposed himself the Qatarian Mohamed Abu Issa (Yamaha), with four minutes above the world champion and winner of the last Dakar, the Polish Rafal Sonik (Yamaha).
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
|Photo courtesy of pharaonsrally.com|
CAIRO: The 32nd round of the Pharaohs International Cross Country Rally kicked off Tuesday from the Mediterranean city of El Alamein.
More than 600 participants from 25 countries are taking part in the 2,375 kilometer-long-rally, scheduled to end near Giza pyramids Saturday.
This year’s rally is organized under the auspices of the Tourism Ministry, the Tourism Promotion Authority and the Automobile and Touring Club of Egypt.
Founded in 1982, the rally is a bike, quad, car and truck race which follows up the Rallye des Pharaons legendary competition and it is included in the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) World Championship as well as in the World Cup of Cross Country Rallies.
Winners of previous rallies, including Saudi Yazeed Al Rajhi among the cars, Bolivian Chavo Salvatierra among the bikes and Polish Rafal Sonik among the quad, are scheduled to take part in this year’s edition.
El-Anany Hamouda, Security Director of Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Matrouh told Youm7 that tight security measures have been taken to secure the rally, its route and gathering points.
“Seventy sport utility vehicles, 30 motorcycles and two helicopters are monitoring the race to secure the event, in addition to four ambulances for medical care,” said Hamouda.
Source: Cairo Post– By/Rany Mostafa
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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