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El Alamein (or Al Alamayn) is a town in northern Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea coast. It is located 106 km (66 miles) west of Alexandria and 240 km (150 miles) northwest of Cairo.
There is a local war museum with collectibles from The Battle of El Alamein and other North African battles. Visitors can also go to the Italian and German Military Cemetery on Tel el-Eisa Hill just outside the town. The German cemetery is actually an ossuary containing the remains of 4200 German soldiers which is built in the style of a medieval fortress. The Italian cemetery is a mausoleum containing many galleries of tombs. Wherever possible, each tomb bears the soldier's name, but many are simply marked "IGNOTO" - "Unknown". There is also a Commonwealth war cemetery with graves of soldiers from various countries who fought on the British side. This has monuments commemorating Greek, Australian and South African forces. The Commonwealth cemetery, as is common at many such cemeteries in the world, consists of parallel rows of gravestones, each one bearing an engraving of the deceased soldier's unit emblem, his name and an epitaph from his family.
Rows upon rows of gravestones stand witness to the terrible cost in human lives of war.
An Australian army base in South Australia near Port Augusta is named after The Battle of El Alamein.
In 2004, the Swiss hotel company Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts opened the luxury five-star Mövenpick Resort & Spa El Alamein. The hotel is one of the most luxurious on the Mediterranean Sea coast, offering new facilities and spacious rooms. Various other hotel groups have expressed interest in expanding into El Alamein.
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