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Uploaded on Aug 8, 2008
During the last decade,a slow revival of the cosmopolitan nature of Alexandria can be realized after decades of quick decline of the city.Restoration of monumental buildings are going on,the remnants of the once active Greek community are very slowly recovering from the post 1960s events,the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina was constructed by UNESCO fundings.But,to say the truth,the Cosmopolitan era of this city will never come back,Alexandrians who left the city since 1961 have settled permanently in their new locations,most of them are elderly now.Alexandria means nothing to the new generations who may sometimes visit the city as tourists.Can a miracle happens and our Alexandria that we lived in and loved it return again? The presented photos are listed below.The accompanying music is an old Greek song from 1939 of the Greek singer Sophia Vembo [1910-1978]
1. Metropole Hotel [downtown] .In 1902 Hotel Metropole opened its doors for first time. The hotel is located in the heart of Alexandria's business and embassies district, directly overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Recently it was restored to its former glory . This masterpiece that was constructed by Italian & Greek architects makes it one of the best Heritage hotels in Egypt [6 PHOTOS]
2 .Pâtisserie Baudrot [old and new] four photos copyright to AAHA = Amicale Alexandrie Hier et Aujourd'hui : www.aaha.ch 3. Pâtisserie Hamos [ 3 photos copyright to AAHA = Amicale Alexandrie Hier et Aujourd'hui : www.aaha.ch ] 4.New Bibliotheca Alexandrina at Chatby [two photos] 5. The statue of Europa and the bull [misidentified 0nline as the statue of the mermaid and the shell ] constructed in 1969 by the Egyptian sculptor Fatehi Mahmoud [two photos]
6.A shop owned by members of the Armenian community at downtown 7.Greek style artifacts from an old Alexandrian house [3 photos] 8. A recent statue of Alexander the Great ,donated to the city few years ago by former Greek Alexandrians living abroad
9. Evangelsmos Greek church. [ an old photo and five recent photos during and after its restoration]. In the heart of Alexandria, at Mansheia near Saint Catherine Square this main church of the Greek Orthodhox Patriarchate is found. The street itself is called Greek Church Street "Share' Al-Kaneesa Al-Younaneah". It is one of the landmarks of Alexandria not only religiously but also architecturally and culturally.
With splendour and emotion, but without the two men who inspired the project, the Patriarch of Alexandria, Petros, and the President of the Onassis Foundation, Stelios Papadimitriou, the patriarchal church of Evangelismos in Alexandria, Egypt was opened on 2 April 2006 following a renovation subsidised by the Foundation. 10.Bibliotheca of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria after restoration 11.Covers of the most famous books that were written on Alexandria or inspired its cosmopolitan atmosphere before 1961.