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Serapeion of Alexandria

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Level 71 : Legendary Engineer
This is my 1:1 scale speculative reconstruction of the real life serapeion of Alexandria as it may have appeared in 297 A.D. .This was described as being one of the most beautiful and important acropolis in the greek/roman world on par with the acropolis of athens and the capitolium in rome.When i was building this i went all out to capture the vibrant beauty that this temple complex and the city of Alexandria was revered for while incorporating everything that is known about the temple at the peak of its development(hopefully)

Some History

The Serapeion of Alexandria was originally built during the reign of Ptolomy III Eugretes 246–222 B.C. to help legitimize the combination of osirus and apis into one god that both greeks and egyptians could revere together in the then newer egyptian capital of alexandria another purpose of the complex was to serve as a reserve for the great library of alexandria.
The original greek serapeion burned down in 181 A.D. two century's into romes rule of alexandria and was promptly rebuilt keeping the feel of an egyptian temple within a greek setting and the four greek stoas put together all with there own independent styles but making the temple of serapis bigger and extening the stoas so the temple was centered.In 297 A.D. emperor Diocletian added one the largest roman columns ever made to commemorate his victory over a jewish revolt in the city at the time. The Serapeion was closed in 391 A.D. after a great confrontation between the pagans and Christians of alexandria that resulted in the destruction of the temple and its statue of serapis and the expulsion of paganism in alexandria generaly the rest of the complex was unfortunatly destroyed during the crusades so its columns could be used to prevent crusader ships from landing in Alexandria all that survives today is the column of Diocletian and various statues and foundations.

Please enjoy and hope it inspires some more roman builds,
you can use it for anything you want just give me credit for building
CreditReconstructing the serapeum from archelogical evidence-jurnal of the roman studies vol 94,Alexandria and the world of cleopatraVII/reconstruction of the great palace area in alexandria,biblotheca-shinxes at the serapeion-js makenzie reconstructions
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11/29/2019 9:59 pm
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AlonzoInYourMomzo's Avatar
Was eating some cannoli with family when I saw this, dropped the cannoli just to show my loved ones this type of stuff, keep it ho
07/18/2019 9:57 am
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marvelfannumber2's Avatar
Very well done. Nice to finally see some Alexandria themed builds.

For such a prominent and important city, it's odd nobody has tried to recreate it in MC, (despite the fact that everyone and their dog has tried to do Ancient Rome).
07/23/2019 7:08 pmhistory
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JCHelland's Avatar
I thínk the biggest problem for those who try and do recreations of Alexandria is that it is one of the few big ancient cities where we really don't have a good idea of what it really looked like. My friend Shimoto and I built a recreation of the Pharos (lighthouse) of Alexandria as its basically the only building that we have a few representations of.

But for instance, I also wanted to build the library of Alexandria, and even though it seems to have existed from all the historical records about it, no one really described the building or what it looked like and no one has ever found even it's foundations. So for those of us that try to do recreations it's extremely difficult to even know where to start.

Its very similar to why it's really tough to do a recreation of say the hanging gardens of Babylon. There are conflicting accounts of what it looked like and in this particular case even what city it actually was in. Many people now believe the gardens were actually built in Nineva, not Babylon itself, and there are certainly no confirmed ruins to base a build off of. So essentially it's purely speculation.

So thats my 2 cents on why you see so few builds of any part of Alexandria, with the exception of course of the lighthouse. And the opposite of that is that Ancient Rome and Athens as well, were preserved to history much better then Alexandria was.
04/17/2021 3:18 am
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07/23/2019 7:15 pm
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JCHelland's Avatar
Also, amazing build! And a diamond of course!
07/14/2019 8:59 pm
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Fighterbear12's Avatar
Ugh, wow! Thank you for making this. I love architecture, realistic Minecraft recreations, and recently I've been watching some great videos about Alexander the Great. So awesome, all of this!
07/14/2019 2:20 pm
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Hotslicer's Avatar
Wow very cool. Is the interior furnished? Also cool that is has no texture pack.
07/14/2019 2:22 pm
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theannihilator2's Avatar
yes just as lavishly as the exterior
07/14/2019 6:51 pm
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Hotslicer's Avatar
Cool. Will totally Download it
07/14/2019 5:16 am
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shj1991's Avatar
Looking absolutely stunning!
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