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Title: The lighthouseof alexandria

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Date: September 7, 1998
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It was used to mark the harbor using fire at night and sun rays during the day and a giant mirror that reflected these lights. When Egypt was conquered by the Arabs they took down the mirror and did not restore it. In AD 956 a small earthquake shook the lighthouse but did little damage. Later in 1303 and 1323 two stronger earthquakes shook and left the lighthouse in ruins...

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In 1480 Qaitbay, an Egyptian Mamelouk Sultan, used the fallen stone and marble to build a medieval fort where the lighthouse once stood. Of the six vanished wonders the Lighthouse of Alexandria was the last to disappear. Ancient accounts by Strabo and Pliny the Elder give a description of the tower and its marble cover...

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