The discovery of the tomb of Alexander the Great

Exclusive interview with the discoverer of the tomb of Alexander the Great

The press conference of Bagdad Djillali Difallah already dubbed the "Indiana Jones of the 21st Century" was be held on july the 25th 2013, alongside the team project Alexander the Great, Omar AISSAOUI, Mohamed SATISS, Pierre-Yves Lucas, Lawyer, Jean-Jacques FERNIER, former President of the Institute Courbet, Mostefa MEBARKI, Emir Abdelkader Foundation of Archaeological and Geographical Society.


Alexander the Great is one of the most famous people in the world history. Many myths and legends surround the - allegedly buried in Alexandria - ruler. Baghdad Djillali Difallah, a French researcher, recently discovered the real grave of Alexander. However, not in Egypt but in the Kingdom of Jordan!

This is one of the biggest history sensations of the last decades. That there is a global media blackout on this discovery, despite a press conference, is food for thoughts in many ways. In the latest edition of the popular show "In the footsteps of our history" he gives the ExtremeNews-team an exclusive interview and shows photographs from the inside of the magnificent mausoleum.

According to tradition, Alexander the Great (or Alexander III of Macedonia) was born on July 20 - 356 BC in Pella and died on June 10 - 323 BC in Babylon. From 336 BC until his death, he was King of Macedonia and Hegemon of the League of Corinth.

As one can read on Wikipedia, it is presumed that Alexander’s grave had been moved from Memphis to Alexandria where a magnificent tomb had been built for him. This tomb has been replaced by King Ptolemy IV, who was like all Diadochi appealed to Alexander's model, by a new mausoleum which would serve as a tomb for the Ptolemaic royal line. So far the assumptions. Again according to the free encyclopaedia, many localization attempts have been made since the 18th century. All have failed so far.

Difallah commented as follows on this hypothesis : "The archaeologists have focused too much on Alexandria but no one found his grave in Alexandria. There are so many buildings so it could only have been by accident if they found it there. One should not forget that there were two tsunamis in Alexandria who destroyed the Pharos, counting about 50,000 deaths. It is my opinion first of all that he was never buried there and the second thing is: as the nominated bishop of Alexandria arrived, he asked the residents of Alexandria to show him where is Alexander’s grave but no one knew where it was! That would be as if someone asks in Paris for the Arc de Triomphe and nobody would know about it. And then I knew: he is not there! "

As a specialist of ancient cartography, Difallah researched for 15 years in private libraries, for example in Dusseldorf as well as in the National Library of Paris and studied Alexander the Great. Originally his research was focused on the Ark of the Covenant which is mentioned by the Bible and other religions, and is seemingly also connected to Alexander.

Difallah: "There are certain maps that are interpreted wrongly by the archaeologists. I found him thus next to Amman in Jordan. Amman is 3,000 years old and was called Rabbath-Ammon, the capital of the Decapolis. This was ignored by archaeologists..."

On July 23, 2013, Difallah presented at a press conference at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris his impressive discovery that he made already three years earlier. A discovery representing in his eyes the "greatest archaeological treasure of all time". The tomb contains besides the glorious golden sarcophagus and a stunning amount of golden statues and –vessels also diamonds and gold bars. This all will be discussed more detailed in the film, proved by photos and videos which are shown partly. In addition, there should be in the necropolis. In addition to a live-sized golden chariot, walls made of pure gold and other treasures, a library is located in the necropolis containing engraved copper plates weighing several hundred kilos.

Apparently, it is not "only" the body of Alexander which is buried in this gigantic grave. Difallah has visited two levels of the necropolis and counted 18 heads. On the first level alone - a kind of duplex - there are 12 niches. In these niches were the bodies of kings placed. He believes that the mausoleum of Ptolemy I Soter and even the entrance to the whole bloodline of Ptolemy can be found inside and possibly also the mausoleum of Cleopatra.

The exact location is not revealed by the discoverer, he leaves this to King Abdullah II of Jordan, who to date keeps this undisclosed. Difallah: "It would be awesome if they open the grave, all the other Arab countries should support the Kingdom of Jordan, in order to protect this unique heritage - it is unique - it is, after all, the grave of Alexander the Great - and that's not just anybody! !" The interview has been published in three languages as part of the program "In the footsteps of our history".

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