Sunken Antirhodos Island, in Alexandria’s murky eastern harbour, holds ancient treasures such as palace columns and black granite sphinxes that once stared at Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Temples, buildings, palaces, statues, ceramics, coins, jewellery and every day objects lay untouched on the seabed covered by thick layers of sand and sediment for more than 1,200 years. Unfortunately for divers, all the well-preserved pieces have now been taken out of the water to be placed in museums. However, you still get the feel of the underwater civilisation and there are some artefacts to be seen.
A version of this article orignally appeared in the June issue of ShowBoats