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Egypt, Babylon
This elegant red and white banded brickwork is about all that remains on the surface to mark the Roman fortress of Babylon in Egypt. The Roman structure was started during the reign of Trajan on the site of an earlier Egyptian stronghold which marked the border between Lower and Middle Egypt. The fortress remained an important strategic outpost down through Byzantine times. In the fifth century the Legio XIII Gemina was stationed here. During the Arab conquest of Egypt in 640/1, Babylon endured a seven month siege before its capture.

These days most of the extensive Babylon complex lies buried under the streets of the Christian quarter of Old Cairo. The nearby medieval Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary is popularly known as the Hanging Church because its nave was built suspended over two towers of the Roman fort.
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brian b4  [Aug 18, 2014 at 04:42 PM]
the work back then was incredibal
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