Historical Rosetta

Historical Rosetta

Rosetta, Rashid, is a port city of the Nile Delta, located east of Alexandria, in Egypt's Beheira governorate. The site of Rosetta was inhabited throughout the history of Ancient Egypt. In the Ptolemaic era, the town was renamed to Bolbitine. In the 850s, the Abbassid caliph ordered a fort to be built on the site of the Ptolemaic city, and the medieval city grew around this fort.

Site Information

Country: Egypt

District: Beheira Governorate

Category: Historic Cities and Regions

Site History: Third Millennium BC

Oldest Culture: Ancient Egyptians

Later Cultures: Ptolemaic + Roman + Islamic

Site Features: Mixed Monuments


UNESCO Tentative List

Official Name: Historic quarters and monuments of Rosetta/Rachid

Date of Submission: 2003

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