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“A well maintained Fort”
Review of Fort Qaitbey

Fort Qaitbey
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Private Guided Day Tour to Alexandria from Cairo
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Full Day Tour to Alexandria from Giza
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Day-Trip to Alexandria from Cairo by Car including Lunch
Ranked #3 of 75 things to do in Alexandria
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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.
Reviewed February 12, 2014

Very old yet very clean, well maintained, great sea view from there.
I wonder how they built it in this way.

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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Because I love history this was a great attraction.

The spot gives you views of the water and to imagine what was here long ago makes it so special.

I probably would not return but it was worth the time.

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Illustrates mainly how many species we have lost in the Med through over fishing, pollution and general stupidity.
At least, the EU with its Neighbourhood programs tries to do a clean up and restocking, but i fear the big guys that inspired Homer to create his Odyssee monsters arre never coming alive again.

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Sultan Qaitbey citadel built in the 1480s this castle on the site of the Pharos Lighthouse to protect the seashore of Alexandria. I understood a lot of things about this period in the history of humanity during my visit to t his Castle. The sea view is exceptional from each side of the castle.

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Reviewed November 17, 2013

I always like to know a little history of someplace before I visit. Everyone else has pretty much covered the fact that there isn't much to see here, other than great architect and great view of the Bay. Because of the fact that this Citadel is built on the very spot for the Lighthouse of Alexandria once stood is reason enough to visit!
The Citadel of Qaitbay is a 15th-century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean sea coast, which built from some of the ruins of the Lighthouse of Alexandria. About 1480 AD, Mameluke Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitbay fortified the place as part of his coastal defensive edifices against the Turks, who were threatening Egypt at that time. He built the fortress and placed a mosque inside it. The Citadel continued to function until 1882.then It became neglected until the 20th century, when it was restored . Qaitbay was born about 1423 AD He was one of the most important and prominent Mameluke Sultans, ruling for about 29 years. He was a brave king, who tried to initiate a new era with the Ottomans by exchanging embassies and gifts. He was fond of travel and made many prominent journeys.

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