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Fort Qaitbey

Address: N 31. 21372 E 29. 88545, Alexandria, Egypt
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Ranked #4 of 49 Attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Resembling an imposing castle fortress, this citadel was built in the 1480s by Sultan Qaitbey on...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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Cairo, Egypt
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This time was the second time I had been out to see this site. It is a beautiful historical site. Great place to take pictures and fun to explore. Though it is over run with young Egyptians who have stocked and followed friends of mine. But a good site to see.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great place to just hang out and peoiple watch. always a crowd there with vendors selling artifacts and snacks. You can even get a boat ride from a local.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

An interesting place to visit at winter time where you can enjoy the sun and the atmosphere, the place is interesting, has history and you can have lunch nearby at the Greek restaurant. The entrance fee is 30 pound for tourists, I dislike the sales people when they keep talking about their good prices.

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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Positives: - View is very good - Very relaxing - Great building for who is interested Negatives: - Area is not safe - People in the area are very rude - Harrassment of many kinds - They make tourists pay much more than locals - Nothing much to watch

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Victoria
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110 reviews 110 reviews
19 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Site of one of the Wonders of the Ancient World - the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Only a few slabs of granite remain and are incorporated into the Fort. Prime location at west end of the bay. Immaculately preserved Fort. Great views and pics from the ramparts. This is one for the bucket list!

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Cairo
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Excellent visit, children love it, amazing photography possible both inside the fort and from it into the sea.

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Manama, Bahrain
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

An ancient fort that was built by Sultan Qaitbey hundreds of years ago. The place is somewhat depleted and needs some rennovations.

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Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Engulfed in the sea , with many horologic stories told by locals about ghosts and demons behind the giant building , this place keeps fascinating me , specially in the early morning. It's the landmark of Alexandria , the ICON to recognize . can be seen far away from the beach all over the city of Alexandria

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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

One of the most famous and a must see place in Alexandria, Don't miss it if you are a tourist beautiful scene on sea shore.

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Bastrop, TX
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The restoration of this site has been very well done. To truly understand the architecture and design, it is worthwhile to have a guide to tour the fort. We booked a private day tour of Alexandria with Memphis Tours, and Fort Qaitbey was and included stop. Our guide did a terrific job of explaining the nuances of the construction of... More 

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