Archaeologists discovered Aphrodite Temple near Alexandria
The joint Egyptian-French archaeological mission discovered the ruins of a temple of the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite and several artefacts off the coast of the Egyptian city of Alexandria, TASS reports, citing the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
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Archaeologists carried out excavations in Abu Qir Bay off the coast of Alexandria.
“An Egyptian-French archaeological mission, organised by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities together with the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology, discovered a temple of the goddess Aphrodite dating back to the 5th century BC, as well as several artefacts during underwater excavations at the site of the sunken ancient city of Thonis-Heracleion,” the department notes.
Heracleion was founded before Alexandria and was the most important port in Ancient Egypt. French researchers found it in 2000. The city was located 6km from the Alexandrian coast at a depth of 10m. Scientists found there a temple complex dedicated to the Theban Triad: Amun, Mut and their son Khonsu, as well as about 14,000 different objects made of gold, stone and wood.