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Fort Qaitbey

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Address: 88545 N 31. 21372 E 29., Alexandria 21599, Egypt
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Resembling an imposing castle fortress, this citadel was built in the 1480s...

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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Nice City View

It is a nice Fort with a nice view of the city. The interior does not have much to show, but the outside Fort shows nice views.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Victoria B
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Miami, Florida
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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is a nice Fort with a nice view of the city. The interior does not have much to show, but the outside Fort shows nice views.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Easily seen from any part of the Corniche, a visitor’s ticket cost EGP30 and was worth every pound. The 15th century fortress is well-maintained and offers a fascinating insight into the defensive system of Alexandria’s past with its fantastic view over the eastern harbour and north over the Mediterranean Sea. Whilst the grounds are easily accessed, the ancient worn and... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The citadel is nice and offers many things to see. The surrounding is awful with lots of impolite people trying to push you to buy things or get their services, boats, horses etc... The area is not well maintained.

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Makkah
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a historic castle from which to feel the history and the era in which was built, it's fun to see the history of which I would recommend to visit for lovers of history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a most eye catching spot that you can see it from the corniche road. It looks like a light house and a fort next to Mediterranean. Fort Qaitbey is built on one of the previous top wonders on 14th century. The fort is quite complete and outstanding! It is typical Arabian building that you can really feel it.... More 

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cairo,egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

you will smell the history there and see a wonderful view of the sea and you could go to the aquarium just in front of it

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Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice place to have a cup of tea while watching the boats and sea. i liked this area as general , alot of activities .

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had great time to see the best of Mediteranian sea coast from top of Citadel Qaitbay, Egypt Alexandria. Wonderful place to go.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

i love this castle specially it is near to the see , i liked this area as general , alot of activites .

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place to visit. Avoid it during the feast vacation as it is so crowded at that time by the locals. There's a place right in front of it, elkal3a cafe & restaurant, very nice place to have a cup of coffe before proceeding with your tour, great sea view from there.

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