SUNKEN QUEEN


Out of the murky depths, a lost queen comes into view. Could this be a statue of Cleopatra?

The ill-fated sunken palace of Cleopatra is full of forgotten treasures, statues and artefacts.

After years of scanning the area, a French underwater archaeologist, Frank Goddio, was able to conclusively announce the discovery of Cleopatra’s palace. What he found there was breathtaking.

They found marble floors, broken columns, kilns and basins - which have come to be known as ‘Cleopatra’s Baths, huge blocks of decorated limestone and statues of Egyptian divinities.

Alexandria is generally considered to have been more Hellenistic than Egyptian at that point in time. But with the discovery of Cleopatra’s palace it’s safe to say that Egyptian style was still very much at the heart of the Macedonian aesthetic.

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