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Sunken palace of Cleopatra found off Egyptian coast

History lovers and divers alike may wish to book family activity holidays to Egypt after a submerged palace which belonged to Cleopatra was discovered.

The ruins of the royal building were consigned to the seabed more than 1,600 years ago following a series of tsunamis and earthquakes.

Archaeologists are currently working on excavating the site, which is thought to be one of the most impressive underwater discoveries ever made, in a bid to recover artefacts from the last days of the Egyptian empire.

One of the members of the team involved in the project is Ashraf Abdel-Raouf of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, who revealed that the remains are still in good condition despite spending hundreds of years beneath the waves.

"It's as it was when it sank," Mr Abdel-Raouf was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

The Adventure Company's Feluccas & Pharaohs trip allows families the chance to explore the country's rich history and go snorkelling in the Red Sea during their own Egypt holidays.

If this article sparks your imagination then have a look at our Giza and the pyramids or our family holidays to Egypt page