Caesareum of Alexandria
|Type||Built as a temple; converted to a Christian church (late-4th century)|
|Town or city||Alexandria|
|Completed||1st century BC|
|Renovated||4th century (converted to Christian church)|
|Client|| • Cleopatra VII (started)|
• Augustus (finished)
The Caesareum of Alexandria is an ancient temple in Alexandria, Egypt. It was conceived by Cleopatra VII of the Ptolemaic kingdom, the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, to honour her first known lover Julius Caesar. The edifice was finished by the Roman Emperor Augustus, after he defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra in Egypt. He destroyed all traces of Antony in Alexandria, and apparently dedicated the temple to his own cult.
Today, a large statue of the Alexandrine nationalist leader Saad Zaghloul (1859–1927) stands on the Caesareum site.
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