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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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Site of Pharos .one of the 7 Wonders of the ancient world

For 30 le, it should have more info at the place itself. Built in 1480s, it occupies Pharos(Lighthouse of Alexandria) site after Pharos destroyed by earthquake.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The fort itself which occupied the former Pharos lighthouse is quite imposing and interesting for the first time traveler. However, up close and personal, it is a disappointment attraction, filthy and seems not in a good hand to be taken care of as a tourist destination or historical site.

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Kluang, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

For 30 le, it should have more info at the place itself. Built in 1480s, it occupies Pharos(Lighthouse of Alexandria) site after Pharos destroyed by earthquake.

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Alexandria, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The place has a historical nature, this is the interested part about it. however, it is not taken care of properly.. lots of garbage and mess everywhere. lots of people who are treating it as a picnic area. and lots of noisy sales people in every square meter outside the gates. If you are bothered by these things, avoid it.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Makes a change from visiting ancient monuments in Egypt to visit a completely different historical site. Heavily restored, the fort gives a clear idea of the challenge it was to invade from the sea. No artefacts inside, nor information so read up beforehand. Great views of the city from the top.

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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

"OPEN THE GATES" When you get into the tower of the old Castle you will feel that way. Seeing The grumpy sea waves striking the old Castle walls are breath taking. Some old inheritance from the French era in Egypt, the napoleon coins, swords and knifes are good too. The museum of the maritime livings are nearby and amusing. Nice... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

At the far end of the Cornish this nicely renovated fort is worth visiting. Allow 30-45 minutes. Not necessary to take a guide, and decline the friendly security staff offering to "help" you ..... They are only seeking a tip.

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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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