Pompey’s pillar

Egypt is famous for its ancient relics and culture. You can see the antique belongings are still there and they are playing an essential rule in the daily life of Egyptians. Many places are notable in Egypt, but here we are considering a few details about Pompey’s pillar.

The dimensions of the column:

This pillar is one of the most memorial pillars of ancient Egypt. This is situated in the very center of the city. The vital pillar is all settled with red granite that gives it an appealing look. The total length of this column is around 28 meters. There is written on the upper area of the pillar about the great Alexandria Diocletian that how he was invincible emperor and perfect for Egypt.

From the history:

The Pompey pillar was built in 284-305 A.D, and the erection of this huge pillar aims to give the honor of Roman Emperor Diocletian. It was the start of a new revolution, and in this battle, Diocletian came himself, and he directly said to the people to surrender. It took eight months than finally, the city was given under the ruler of the Roman.

The city was very disturbed because of this unwanted siege from the Romans, the Emperor was ordered to his authorities to give the portion of the food in the town of Alexandria, and that portion of food was sent to the Rome for their people. He was a sage emperor so; he released the Alexandrians from the taxes on their lousy time as a gesture of kindness. This pillar is a tribute to the Roman Emperor Diocletian for his kindness during the hardship of the city. The column was name Pompey because of some misunderstanding by the crusaders; they think the remaining of the great general Pompey was kept in some pot and put it in the column somewhere. That is why this historical monument named Pompey.

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