More than 1200 years ago, two cities on Egypt’s north coast disappeared. They apparently sunk into the Mediterranean Sea, victims of rising tides and seismic disruption. No trace remained of the cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus and their many splendors. What was once a prime trade center in the Greek world and the site of a major temple was forgotten.
That is, until . . .
Twenty years ago, divers searching for sunken ships, stumbled onto the lost Egyptian cities, that covered an area the size of Paris. The discovery is considered one of the greatest fines in the history of underwater archaeology.
Artifacts from the ancient civilization are on display at the St. Louis Art Museum from now through September 9. I saw the exhibit this week along with a few friends. All tickets are timed and dated and can be purchased in person, online or by phone. Regular members are eligible for two free tickets per visit. Non-member tickets for adults are $20.
The pieces recovered from 30 feet below the surface of the water are well preserved and fascinating. Don’t miss this one!
Look and Lunch
Panorama restaurant’s comfortable chairs and scenic view make any visit to the gallery a double treat. I was there on a misty Tuesday. On the color spectrum, it was one of those bluish-gray days, so the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows was not as grand as usual. It was up to the menu, the kitchen and wait staff to brighten the day and they did. As always, dishes were well-prepared and attractively presented.
I had their signature pimento spread, mushroom, and spinach on toast with a side of roasted cauliflower and a cup of tortellini soup. My friends enjoyed the luscious lentil soup and quiche.
At the St. Louis Art Museum you not only get to “look and lunch,” you can also browse the captivating gift shops. And, yes, I came away with a few items I didn’t know I needed.
A museum visit does wonders to brighten the drabbest day—or any day.