UNESCO assists in feasibility study for underwater museum in Alexandria
The Ministry of Culture of Egypt has asked UNESCO to establish an International Committee to advise on the feasibility study for the establishment of a museum in Alexandria, to be located partly underwater and exhibiting the remains of Cleopatra’s palace and the remnants of the lighthouse of Pharos, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
A feasibility study is under preparation to more profoundly study the practicability of the construction of an underwater museum in Egypt, which would exhibit the heritage found in the Bay of Alexandria. As the museum is envisaged to be placed partly underwater and close to or above the original archaeological sites in the Bay, considerable technical, ethical and architectural challenges will have to be resolved.
The Ministry of Culture of Egypt has therefore asked UNESCO to establish an International Scientific Committee, encompassing renowned archaeologists, museums specialists and other scientific experts, to advise on the feasibility study process.
The feasibility study itself is being undertaken by a team of professionals, including architects specialized in underwater construction, landscape architects, urban development specialists, economists, and other local and foreign specialists to advise on architectural and environmental issues, as well as the financial viability of the project.
For more information:
- UNESCO's action for the protection of the underwater cultural heritage.
- UNESCO 2001 Convention
- 2006 International Workshop
See the UNESCO publication on the Alexandria harbour.
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