PHOTOS: Underwater Museum for Egypt Sunken Treasures?

PHOTOS: Underwater Museum for Egypt Sunken Treasures?
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The proposed museum's underwater facility (at bottom in architect Jacques Rougerie's conception) will be difficult and expensive to build and is the focus of the just launched two-year feasibility study. But planners believe that the benefits of plunging visitors into the historical context of the objects--on the sunken island that once held Cleopatra's palace--will be worth the trouble.

"When you go to an archaeological site, you have an irreplaceable emotion. It's not like going to see a movie," said architect Jacques Rougerie. "It's like the astronaut who cannot share with other people what it is like to be in space."
—Illustrations copyright Jacques Rougerie Architect
 
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