Entry door to the Serapeum, this is also the site where Pompey's Pillar is located

Entry door to the Serapeum, this is also the site where Pompey's Pillar is located

When one enters the site, the pillar can be seen on the right hand side on a modest hill - the area around the pillar was once the site of a temple which was dedicated to Serapis (Hellenistic-Egyptian god)

When one enters the site, the pillar can be seen on the right hand side on a modest hill - the area around the pillar was once the site of a temple which was dedicated to Serapis (Hellenistic-Egyptian god)

Ruins of the Serapeum with scattered pillars and artifacts among them

Ruins of the Serapeum with scattered pillars and artifacts among them

A stone basin on display - it is believed that Serapeum was the largest and the most magnificent of all temples in Alexandria

A stone basin on display - it is believed that Serapeum was the largest and the most magnificent of all temples in Alexandria

Top end of this relief is missing - In 391 AD, patriarch Theophilus, leader of the Church of Alexandria, led a Christian mob to destroy the Serapeum and other symbols of paganism in the city

Top end of this relief is missing - In 391 AD, patriarch Theophilus, leader of the Church of Alexandria, led a Christian mob to destroy the Serapeum and other symbols of paganism in the city

A sarcophagi on display

A sarcophagi on display

Here a staue with it's missing head is on display - it shows that local people were unhappy with the reminder of their old religion and the rulers related to it

Here a staue with it's missing head is on display - it shows that local people were unhappy with the reminder of their old religion and the rulers related to it

These three objects represent the animal figures - one of them resembles to a lion

These three objects represent the animal figures - one of them resembles to a lion

Figures without heads but sadly Egyptian authorities has writen their numbers on them

Figures without heads but sadly Egyptian authorities has writen their numbers on them

Broken columns and capitals are lying on the floor at the site of the Serapeum

Broken columns and capitals are lying on the floor at the site of the Serapeum

Here small pieces of stone are thrown randomly on the ground

Here small pieces of stone are thrown randomly on the ground

A broken column of red granite

A broken column of red granite

The Pillar of Pompey - this pillar was erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian to commemorate his victory in 297

The Pillar of Pompey - this pillar was erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian to commemorate his victory in 297

This beautiful column measures 20.46 m in height with a diameter of 2.71 m at its base

This beautiful column measures 20.46 m in height with a diameter of 2.71 m at its base

Top of the Pompey's Pillar - In early 1803, John Shortland did few fun things on top of the pillar that included eating, drinking and flying a kite

Top of the Pompey's Pillar - In early 1803, John Shortland did few fun things on top of the pillar that included eating, drinking and flying a kite

Base of the Pompey's Pillar - The weight of the single piece of red Aswan granite is around 285 tons

Base of the Pompey's Pillar - The weight of the single piece of red Aswan granite is around 285 tons

Two pigeons resting in the shade of the pillar

Two pigeons resting in the shade of the pillar

Piscina part of the Serapeum - it is the place used for the ritual bathing

Piscina part of the Serapeum - it is the place used for the ritual bathing

Another roman bath was found nearby during the excavation

Another roman bath was found nearby during the excavation

A side view of the lion which is sitting next to the Pompey's Pillar

A side view of the lion which is sitting next to the Pompey's Pillar

Pompey's Pillar is a single piece made out of the red Aswan granite

Pompey's Pillar is a single piece made out of the red Aswan granite

The lion sitting next to the pillar has human face - something similar with the Sphinx of Cairo

The lion sitting next to the pillar has human face - something similar with the Sphinx of Cairo

I was tempted to climb the lion - no, I wasn't, just joking

I was tempted to climb the lion - no, I wasn't, just joking

Details of the floor next to the Pompey's Pillar

Details of the floor next to the Pompey's Pillar

This grey granite shows the scene from the era of the King Ramesses II

This grey granite shows the scene from the era of the King Ramesses II

This red granite blocks bears hieroglyphic inscriptions

This red granite blocks bears hieroglyphic inscriptions

A broken piece of stone which has face of a lion on it

A broken piece of stone which has face of a lion on it

This plate was supposed to have details of the object above it but it doesn't matter for some

This plate was supposed to have details of the object above it but it doesn't matter for some

A view of the Pompey's Pillar with small broken columns below it

A view of the Pompey's Pillar with small broken columns below it

Pompey's Pillar in sepia - some believe that this pillar (non drum) is the only one standing from the Roman era in Egypt

Pompey's Pillar in sepia - some believe that this pillar (non drum) is the only one standing from the Roman era in Egypt

Another piece of a broken column - in the distance a wall can be seen which runs around the site

Another piece of a broken column - in the distance a wall can be seen which runs around the site

Another object with it's missing head

Another object with it's missing head

Finally here is one sign which reminds the visitors that this place used to be the place of the Temple of Serapeum

Finally here is one sign which reminds the visitors that this place used to be the place of the Temple of Serapeum

Tall residential apartments surround this site

Tall residential apartments surround this site

I dare to say that the Egyptians need to take care of this site before it gets worse

I dare to say that the Egyptians need to take care of this site before it gets worse