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What does Heliopolis mean?
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  1. Heliopolis is a Greek word that means "city of the sun." Two cities were given this title by the ancient Greeks, one in Egypt and one in Baalbek in Syria. Egypt's Heliopolis, located near modern Cairo, was originally a center for sun worship for the ancient Egyptians. There is even a reference to it in the Bible, where it's called On. The city later became a center for learning philosophy and astronomy. However, the center's importance waned and it was eventually deserted, in 332 B.C., when Alexandria was founded.

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