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Fort Qaitbey

N 31. 21372 E 29. 88545, Alexandria, Egypt
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Ranked #7 of 40 attractions in Alexandria
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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Sydney, Australia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
75 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was a highlight on my trip to Egypt - the castle sort of reminded me of a european castle, just gorgeous and was really nice to explore, felt like it was not a touristy place, I only bumped into egyptians, no other tourists which was interesting... gotta see the view from inside the castle! its right near the water... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This place is truly underestimated, one of the best castles/ forts to see in Egypt but you get disappointment when you get there, place is poorly managed, facilities are damaged and no audio nor brochures are available for guidance, bottom line, beautiful place, horrible management!

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77 reviews 77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The fort is well looked after and extremely reasonably priced to enter. Try to avoid visiting on weekends as it gets exceptionally busy with local visitors. Visit the top of the fort to benefit from the lovely views of the sea.

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Cairo, Egypt
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

A place that's witnessed much history. Read a little about its history before visiting and while you're inside you can visualize how it's been and what happened within its walls and around it. Don't miss the view of the see from the top!

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Cairo, Egypt
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Very old yet very clean, well maintained, great sea view from there. I wonder how they built it in this way.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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112 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Because I love history this was a great attraction. The spot gives you views of the water and to imagine what was here long ago makes it so special. I probably would not return but it was worth the time.

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Cairo, Egypt
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Illustrates mainly how many species we have lost in the Med through over fishing, pollution and general stupidity. At least, the EU with its Neighbourhood programs tries to do a clean up and restocking, but i fear the big guys that inspired Homer to create his Odyssee monsters arre never coming alive again.

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Cairo, Egypt
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Sultan Qaitbey citadel built in the 1480s this castle on the site of the Pharos Lighthouse to protect the seashore of Alexandria. I understood a lot of things about this period in the history of humanity during my visit to t his Castle. The sea view is exceptional from each side of the castle.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

I always like to know a little history of someplace before I visit. Everyone else has pretty much covered the fact that there isn't much to see here, other than great architect and great view of the Bay. Because of the fact that this Citadel is built on the very spot for the Lighthouse of Alexandria once stood is reason... More

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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The fortress is beautiful,they used to have a caveteria on the roof top in the summer nights,if it's still working,don't miss visiting it :)

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