Marsa Matrouh is located 290 km west of Alexandria and 222 km from Salloum. The distance from Cairo to Matrouh is ca. 525 km. The city is located within a bay on the Mediterranean Sea and is distinguished by its 7 km long beach, one of the most beautiful in the world, famous for its white soft sands and calm transparent waters. The bay is protected from high waves by a series of rocks forming a natural breaker, with a small opening to allow light vessels in. The city dates back to the days of Alexander, the Macedonian, when it was known as "Paraetonium" and also as "Amunia". It is said that Alexander the Great stopped here during his historical expedition to pay tribute, and sacrifice to the god Amun at Siwa Oasis, so that he becomes Amun's son and his rule be a historical continuation of the pharaohs. There are relics of a temple from the time of Rameses II (1.200 B.C.) in Matrouh.
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