Pompey's Pillar
Pompey's Pillar
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This 25-meter-high granite column was constructed in honor of the Emperor Diocletian in AD 297.
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  • aekrfk
    Newport Beach, California250 contributions
    Worth an hour visit if you are in Alexandria
    This is close to the catacombs and worth a drive by. Even better walk around the entire ruins to the underground "library" at the same site. Not worth a drive to Alexandria for this site alone but certainly worth an hour visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 May 2023
  • anezreltub
    Ramsey, United Kingdom107 contributions
    More Than A Pillar!
    I thought this was going to be just a monument like Cleopatras Needle in London..but it was so much more. On the site of an old Greek Temple, which is mostly destroyed, but still some underground parts and statues remained. Couple of shops...and some cute cats roaming around too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Aisha Y
    Cairo, Egypt51 contributions
    Pompey's Pillar
    Pompey's Pillar is a remarkable piece of ancient history, and it gave us a chance to explore the rich historical heritage of Alexandria. The surrounding area includes beautifully landscaped gardens and open spaces for relaxation and leisurely walks. However, Pompey's Pillar attracts a significant number of tourists, this can result in crowded conditions, which may detract from the tranquility and serenity of the site. The weather in Alexandria can be hot, especially during the summer months. Visitors should be prepared for high temperatures and take necessary precautions such as wearing sunscreen, carrying water, and dressing appropriately for the climate. - Wear comfortable footwear, as you may need to walk or stand for extended periods while exploring the area around the pillar. - You should have a tour guide to enjoy the experience the most. - Combine your visit to Pompey's Pillar with other nearby attractions, such as the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa or the Qaitbay Citadel. This allows you to make the most of your time in Alexandria and explore more and more.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Rajesh K K
    Bengaluru, India1,128 contributions
    Fleeting Glimpse only :-(
    Would have looked to go inside the park and see the Pillar from nearby. However, our tour guide claimed there was no place to park the bus we were in. Could only see the Pillar as we drove by.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas3,813 contributions
    Pompey’s Pillar is one of three archeological sites to visit in Alexandria
    Pompey’s Pillar was a site we visited during our visit to Alexandria on a two week tour of Egypt. It is one of three archaeological sites we toured in Alexandria along with the Catacombs of Kom el Shaqafa and the Ancient Roman Amphitheater. The Pillar and Sphinx are picturesque but the underground library was more interesting. It once housed manuscripts and papyrus scrolls in its vaults. It is dusty and the steps are uneven but if you are careful you can easily walk down to see the tunnels that contained the library. It is well worth the stop and an hour or so to look around.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,038 contributions
    I think it's ok to just see it from the outside.
    The pillar pretty much stands out even from the outside, and a little tiptoeing, you can see the two statues beside it. I think it was ok to just look at it from the outside. Free views. Just need to angle it nicely so the powerlines won't interfere with the pillar from your view across the street.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 November 2023
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,038 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The pillar pretty much stands out even from the outside, and a little tiptoeing, you can see the two statues beside it. I think it was ok to just look at it from the outside. Free views.

Just need to angle it nicely so the powerlines won't interfere with the pillar from your view across the street.
Written 23 November 2023
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,813 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Pompey’s Pillar was a site we visited during our visit to Alexandria on a two week tour of Egypt. It is one of three archaeological sites we toured in Alexandria along with the Catacombs of Kom el Shaqafa and the Ancient Roman Amphitheater. The Pillar and Sphinx are picturesque but the underground library was more interesting. It once housed manuscripts and papyrus scrolls in its vaults. It is dusty and the steps are uneven but if you are careful you can easily walk down to see the tunnels that contained the library. It is well worth the stop and an hour or so to look around.
Written 17 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rajesh K K
Bengaluru, India1,128 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Would have looked to go inside the park and see the Pillar from nearby. However, our tour guide claimed there was no place to park the bus we were in. Could only see the Pillar as we drove by.
Written 4 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Aisha Y
Cairo, Egypt51 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Pompey's Pillar is a remarkable piece of ancient history, and it gave us a chance to explore the rich historical heritage of Alexandria.

The surrounding area includes beautifully landscaped gardens and open spaces for relaxation and leisurely walks. However, Pompey's Pillar attracts a significant number of tourists, this can result in crowded conditions, which may detract from the tranquility and serenity of the site.

The weather in Alexandria can be hot, especially during the summer months. Visitors should be prepared for high temperatures and take necessary precautions such as wearing sunscreen, carrying water, and dressing appropriately for the climate.

- Wear comfortable footwear, as you may need to walk or stand for extended periods while exploring the area around the pillar.
- You should have a tour guide to enjoy the experience the most.
- Combine your visit to Pompey's Pillar with other nearby attractions, such as the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa or the Qaitbay Citadel. This allows you to make the most of your time in Alexandria and explore more and more.

Written 9 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

anezreltub
Ramsey, UK107 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
I thought this was going to be just a monument like Cleopatras Needle in London..but it was so much more. On the site of an old Greek Temple, which is mostly destroyed, but still some underground parts and statues remained.
Couple of shops...and some cute cats roaming around too.
Written 3 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

aekrfk
Newport Beach, CA250 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
This is close to the catacombs and worth a drive by. Even better walk around the entire ruins to the underground "library" at the same site. Not worth a drive to Alexandria for this site alone but certainly worth an hour visit.
Written 17 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Almostgreynomad
Sydney, Australia1,054 contributions
Apr 2023
Pillar is impressive .... the only column in Roman Egypt made in one piece. One of the largest ever erected. Measures over 20 metres and if it had a statue on top - was probably about 27 metres tall ... weighs an estimated 285 tonnes. The granite originated from Aswan - which is a long way down the Nile !

Only need 30 minutes here .... apart from the pillar / sphinxes/ downstairs library (empty) .... not much else to see
Written 15 April 2023
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Helenjen
Brisbane, Australia784 contributions
Feb 2023
Interesting that this historic sight is in the middle of downtown Alexandria, amongst rundown highrise buildings and puts it all into perspective the age of this ancient construction. Definitely worth a walk around if doing a tour of Alexandria as we did with Reflections Travel.
Written 10 April 2023
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ricshanshibly1986
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia1,312 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Pompey’s pillar located in Alexandria. This is only one that kind of pillar in whole Egypt. Entrance fee is 60EGP, since there was rain during our visit we did not go inside
Written 18 March 2023
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World Prof
Buffalo Grove, IL173 contributions
Feb 2023
The pilar is of historical interest, but we found the underground library fascinating.
it's easy to miss, enter from the far side of the site.
Written 26 February 2023
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