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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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331 reviews 331 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This "fort - actually a Citadel - was built on the exact location of the famous Alexandria Lighthouse, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The fort was built in 1477 by Sultan Sayf Al Din Qa'itbey and was built to defend against the Turks. The lead architect - the "Head Mason" - was Syrian. When... More

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Alexandria, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The best fortress I have ever seen so far! Clean, huge, sea view, fresh air, it's like a museum in the sea!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The fort Qaitbey is a nice place to visit and walk. Even u can take a walk near the beach. The problem of this place it doesn't have the guide service to explain for you.

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Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Impressive and huge, it is possible to walk almost everywhere and even around the fort. People are sitting on the edge and could even fall into the sea !! We paid 30 Egyptian pounds per person a reasonable price.

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Port Said, Egypt
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A huge castle + wide see and city view + fresh air + two museum for sea creatures + souvenir sellers

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This was a highlight of my travel to Alexandria. Very well preserved, this huge fort is visible across the see from corniche. You need 2-3 hours to visit all the rooms and passages. Beautiful place as well by the sea.

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Cairo, Egypt
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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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16 helpful votes 16 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
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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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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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