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Given its importance as a principal fount for the West's view of the world, the Martian tourist may be puzzled not to see many Earthling tourists in Alexandria, and nowhere more so than the place where these photos were taken of two women and a child at what is now a downtown bus stop.

Waiting long enough for a bus here in ancient times you could have seen a quite a lot e.g.

A huge pall of smoke rising from the greatest library on Earth as it was being torn apart by a Christian mob.

The world's first cathedral, (once Cleopatra's palace - the one where she clutched an poisonous asp to her breast) being trashed in the first battle between one lot of Christians and another. They had fallen out over the 'Trinity' - a puzzling Alexandrian idea.

The arrival of Islam which scrapped the Trinity thing altogether and torched the cathedral.

The fine antique bust I found in Alexandria's modest museum.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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