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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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Imposing fort

Well maintained piece of history. Enjoyed the views of the harbour . If you are in the area worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well maintained piece of history. Enjoyed the views of the harbour . If you are in the area worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's really the highlight of the city. Nice place away from the husstle of the city and nice for photos and just to relax. Also nice local shopping stalls outside.

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Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Build on the exact site of the Alexandria Lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Great views of the old harbour and the Corniche. Just off shore from here is the Roman Palace of Antony and Cleopatra, to see it go for a scuba dive.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good place to roam around and buzzing place with people all around. Good to relax and walk around, the view is excellent and had may restaurants around it..

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British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the citadel on a weekend evening and it was absolutely packed. The walk down the esplanade to reach the citadel itself will take 7-10 minutes strolling (again, there were ~700 people around). There were many vendors selling the same souvenirs so if you really wanted to purchase something, you wouldn't have to bargain too hard. The walkway to... More 

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Thank Z042010
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

visiting the fort wasn't the best, I would recommend you don't make a special day for it! there are some really good restaurants beside it, so you can arrange for a dinner there and then go by and look at the fort from the outside and take some pictures. The fort isn't clean and from the outside you'll find alot... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A picturesque citadel at the end of the harbour. The surf is impressive. The Greek Club restaurant "White and Blue" is very near and is a great option for lunch.

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Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a historic place in a middle of Alexandria sea with a fantastic view but need more work to be organised

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The only cool about this place is at the back of the meditaranian sea, they have a weird aquarium museum that I doubt is taking care of. But if you just want to stroll along the inside, around and out of the castle and take some selfie and pictures is a good downtime to spend it to. My husband and... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very good place with the best view you can see in Alexandria , also it,s a great place to take photos

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