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Address: N 31. 21372 E 29. 88545, Alexandria, Egypt
Description: Resembling an imposing castle fortress, this citadel was built in the...
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.
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Small but excellent location

I visited this fort expecting it to be large as we see in India. But it was a very small fort. However the location of it was beautiful. Surrounded by the sea, it served the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Ahmedabad, India
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Fort Qaitbey is attractive and a breezy experience in Alex; a city of stature and more history as was one said, that it could not be consumed locally. Or words to that effect. I loved the place and the 'Shorta telta' (Tourist policeman PC) who was our welcoming and unofficial guide. I was sad that Great Egypt with so many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Whenever I travel to Alex, I have to visit this place. It has a wonderful location beside the sea. However, this is better viewed from the roof. Wherever you go, you will find happy people having pictures. Other than that, there is nothing.

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Cairo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The fort of Qaitbay is one of the main attractions of Alexandria. The castle's great location offers gteat views of the sea. Make sure to climb the stairs leading to the walls to get the best views of the area

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Ahmedabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I visited this fort expecting it to be large as we see in India. But it was a very small fort. However the location of it was beautiful. Surrounded by the sea, it served the purpose of safety very well in past. There's nothing much to see inside the fort except walls.

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Centurion, South Africa
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We visited the fort at night and I managed to get some nice pictures from the board walk. It is a very old fort and is clearly steeped in history. The inside is a "fish museum" - it would have been so much nicer if it was an aquarium. There is a skeleton of a huge whale that was very... More 

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We had lots of pictures taken from this place because of it's amazingly beautiful view of the Mediterranean sea and plus the ambiance gives us a nostalgic feeling.

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Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The Eastern Harbour is dominated by the bulky walls of Fort Qaitbey, built on a narrow peninsula over the remains of the legendary Pharos lighthouse by the Mamluk sultan Qaitbey.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Although I had no interest to visit this place a second time, I was finally convinced. This castle is amazing- being right on the Mediterranean, there is no better place for photos in Alexandria. Truly a magnificent, historical site. No trip to Alex is complete without stopping by. Also, check out the souvenir vendors. Found some great gifts at unheard... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a place to go if like historic suites and and this one has it all It is right at the entrance to the old habour in Alex. and good day out

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

At the western end of the Corniche is the Qaitbey Fort. it's a very interesting place of a more recent period in Egypt's story.Early morning is the best time to go so you avoid the mid-day sun.

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