September 16, 2008--
A proposed underwater museum (illustrated above) in Alexandria, Egypt
, came closer to reality in September 2008, when the UN established a committee to aid the design process with the Egyptian government. (Read full story.)
Fiberglass tunnels would connect aboveground galleries, near the New Library of Alexandria
, to the underwater facility, where antiquities would be visible in their natural resting places at the site of Cleopatra's now sunken palace.
Evoking sails of Nile feluccas (photo
) and the cardinal directions, the glassy, towering "four points [at center] will be like the [long-gone] Lighthouse of Alexandria that illuminated the [ancient] library and the world," said architect Jacques Rougerie, who is leading the feasibility study. "I want to do the same thing with this museum."
Illustration copyright Jacques Rougerie Architect