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Fort Qaitbey

N 31. 21372 E 29. 88545, Alexandria, Egypt
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Ranked #5 of 40 attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Resembling an imposing castle fortress, this citadel was built in the 1480s by Sultan Qaitbey on the site of the Pharos Lighthouse, to protect the... more » Owner description: Resembling an imposing castle fortress, this citadel was built in the 1480s by Sultan Qaitbey on the site of the Pharos Lighthouse, to protect the city from the crusaders who used to attack the city by sea. « less
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Cairo, Egypt
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Lovely fresh place you should visit as well as they sell a small souviners there as well as you could see a nice view of the sea plus fresh air there

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Cairo, Egypt
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I enjoyed this so much. This was my best sightseeing ever. Its normal for anybody to enjoy sightseeing time when he is traveling abroad and that will make you very happy and the trip is memorable.. I know this. BUT this time I was in Egypt, my country .. I didn't expect it is going to be this good!! this... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Its just amazing place to takes pictures there is a museum there which doesnt really have alot of items but still pretty nice to look out there is alot of people tho who will try cheat you into buying things for a higher price so be careful but overall great experience

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Giza, Egypt
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Huge ancient strong citadel over the Mediterranean sea ,surrouded by small shops for souvenirs and small ships for sea trips . Alexandria aquarium is nearby . Good experience :-)

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This Citadel of Qaitbey was considered one of the most important defensive strongholds for Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea Coast. The Citadel was built on the exact site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; the Lighthouse of Alexandria, or Pharos Lighthouse. Some of the actual stones and bricks from the lighthouse were used to bulid the... More

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

A good place to visit you can spend the hole day waking inside and out side the castle. There is an aquarium museum just in front of Fort Qaitbey. Also you can rent a boat and enjoy.

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Cairo, Egypt
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The place is ancient, highly advisable to check weather prior going, and there's actually a schedule of storms and expectations for Alexandria "but in Arabic of course :)" if by chance you are there in a stormy day you will probably be wet from waves even if your standing at the top of the castle. The most amazing part is... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Another example of superiority of old Muslims, a 500 years old building situated in the worst weather conditions yet standing still and the 500 years only left a very few unnoticeable marks

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Alexandria
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Take a few hours in the afternoon to check this cool castle out. Can get crowded in the evenings with families. Plenty of restaurants around for a yummy fish lunch or dinner.

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Kelowna, Canada
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

Been December 2012 and 2013. Enjoyed 2012 much better. Was left alone - no guides, etc trying to get you to spend money. In 2013, the guides wouldn't leave us alone, even when asked politely and in Arabic (which 99% seems to work in most parts of Egypt). The citadel has been extensively rebuilt. The structure is very interesting and... More

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