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Fort Qaitbey

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Fort Qaitbey

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29 88545 N 31. 21372 E, Alexandria 21599 Egypt
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Discover the best places in Cairo, Luxor and Alexandria. Cairo has many historical places you can't miss, such as the pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo. Also visit The ancien capital of Egypt; Luxor with its great temples and tombs, the lovely city of Alexandria, located north of Cairo.
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Mamdouh M wrote a review Sep 16
Cairo, Egypt3 contributions
The best view of Alexandria can be shown in this fort which goes back to hundreds of years. Is is very vast and authentic. However, more places for seating and relaxation must be available for visitors to have some rest
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Mohamed Dosou wrote a review Sep 15
Cairo, Egypt8 contributions1 helpful vote
I love the view and the fort itself but i hate the harresement of the guys who is asking for a boat tour. And bazzar people. Young kids and the mess they do to the monuments
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Munir D wrote a review Jun 2020
Toronto, Canada479 contributions136 helpful votes
Visiting the Citadel was a fine experience. At the entrance there is a sign that the Citadel was established in 882AH -1477AD. The building was a defence fortress and also houses the second oldest mosque in Alexandria. This mosque occupies more than half of the first floor area. The Fort offers a great panaromic view of the Mediterranean Sea. The visit time recommended here is about two hours. the Citadel has three floors. Exercise caution when climbing the stairs. Munir D.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Linda Y wrote a review May 2020
Frisco, Texas3,624 contributions682 helpful votes
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Established by the Mamluk Sultan Qaitbay in 1477 AD, the Citadel of Qaitbay served as a defensive fortress on the Mediterranean. It was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World, that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1303 AD. The fort has an interesting military history until it was heavily damaged in 1882. Several restoration efforts were completed in the 20th century to open the fort to the public. It was extremely crowded with locals on the Friday we visited (this is a weekend day). So much so that we felt uncomfortable on stairways due to the push of the crowd. Other than that, the Citadel is an expansive site, and the views out to sea and back across the harbor are beautiful (look for the library). Our group seemed to be popular with the locals, especially friendly school-age children, that asked for photos.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Kim G wrote a review May 2020
Toronto, Canada805 contributions118 helpful votes
This fortress is built on the same sight as the famous Alexandria lighthouse. Some of the original material from the lighthouse were used in the construction. It is an incredible place for the views of the sea and the coast. Lovely to walk around and enjoy the breeze from the water. You can visit all of the inside plus wonder the outside grounds. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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