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Address: N 31. 21372 E 29. 88545, Alexandria, Egypt
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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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The views from the top of the citadel really let your imagination run with how it could have looked back when the ancient library and lighthouse were still standing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Visitors of the fort pee in its rooms a the clean workers take money for that. All the antiques has been removed. But it's still the best place to hangout with family teens and children. It's like hogwarts :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The views from the top of the citadel really let your imagination run with how it could have looked back when the ancient library and lighthouse were still standing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A must see if you go to Alex. Loved everything about it and the views are simply breathtaking. Do not miss if you go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It was a terribly hot day when we visited but inside the fort itself was surprisingly cool. Great pictures to take too. If you visit in the summer take water with you to stay hydrated.

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Hurghada, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very good historical place . Please all go and see it. I have visited the place and it was great .It gives you how Egypt is great. If you going to alexandria you must go to this place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Great historical place to visit. Even being rebuilt at the turn of the century it still has big charm. Many nooks and crannies, awesome views, good value and its big enough that I was in there 90 mins.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Sharing the space where so much history took place is really an exciting part of travel and you definitely feel Egypt's history here. Read up on the significance of Qaitbey so you can appreciate what you're seeing. It is very popular with Egyptians so go early and avoid the crowds.

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Alexandria, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It is such a pity that this nice place is not open after 4 pm. there are many activities in the outside such as faluka (boat) rental for about 50 pounds per 15 minutes also there are couple of nice souvenir shops...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The place is amazing and its location is very good too but all the monumemts have been shipped off to egypt's national museum in cairo so its empty

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The view is lovely and it has been well kept. You do not need to spend too much time here, between 40mins to an hour. Plenty of picturesque spots for those who enjoy taking pictures! Bring your student card along, if you are a student. You get the ticket at half price.

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