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The el-Nabih underground cistern in Alexandria. The city's cisterns were built during the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods to store drinking water. Today out of the original 500 cisterns only el-Nabih is accessible. View of mid-level arch and re-used Corinthian style capital. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: c. 9th C AD. Place of Origin: Alexandria. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ N.J. Saunders.