Leukaspis (Locassis) was a thriving Greco-Roman port and city founded in the second century BC and which grew to a population of 15,000 residents at its peak. Also known as Antiphrae, Leukaspis was a commercial hub of the Mediterranean olive, wine and wheat industries, conducting trade both inland and overseas.
In 365AD, Leukaspis was utterly devastated by a tsunami, an after effect of an earthquake in Crete.
Unfortunately, extensive development of the area around Leukaspis has meant that much of the former port has been lost. However, parts of Leukaspis have been carefully excavated and form the Marina el-Alamein Archaeological Site.
Amongst the ruins at the Marina el-Alamein Archaeological Site are the remains of villas, baths, a theatre, a necropolis (burial site) and an agora (town square/marketplace). One of the main buildings to be seen is a basilica, which began as a public hall and then became a church following the rise of Christianity.
The Marina el-Alamein Archaeological Site (Leukaspis) is located within the Marina resort in El Alamein.
Entry costs to Marina el-Alamein Archaeological Site (Leukaspis) costs LE 20 for foreigners, LE 10 for foreign students.
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