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Amazing Ancient Structures Pharos of Alexandria The Pharos of Alexandria is the seventh wonder of the world My dad is very amazed by the Seven Wonders of the World and had asked me about them a while back Since I didnt know about them he checked out a book that I had also looked through These seven structures then caught my interest and I took this opportunity to research one of them I chose to research the Pharos of Alexandria because it is not as popular as the other six Wonders such as the Great Pyramid and the Colossus Shortly after the death of Alexander the Great his commander Ptolemy Soter assumed power in Egypt He had witnessed the founding of Alexandria and established his capital there Off of the citys coast lies a small island Pharos A legend says its name is a variation of Pharaohs Island The island was connected to the mainland by means of a dike the Heptastadion which gave the city a double harbor Because of dangerous sailing conditions and flat coastline in the region the construction of a lighthouse was necessary The project was set up and initiated by Ptolemy Soter around 290 BC but was completed after his death during the reign of his son Ptolemy Philadelphus Sostratus a contemporary of Euclid was the architect but detailed calculations for the structure and its accessories were carried out at the Alexandria LibraryMouseion The monument was dedicated to the Savior Gods Ptolemy Soter and his wife Berenice For centuries the Lighthouse of Alexandria was used to mark the harbor using fire at night and reflecting sunrays during the day It was even shown on Roman coins just as famous monuments are depicted on currency today When the Arabs conquered Egypt they admired Alexandria and its wealth The Lighthouse continues to be mentioned in their writings and travelers accounts But the new rulers moved their capital to Cairo
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