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Fort Qaitbey

29 88545 N 31. 21372 E, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
+20 122 244 5141
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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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29 88545 N 31. 21372 E, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
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+20 122 244 5141
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"mediterranean sea"
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"greek club"
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"nice historical place"
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"light house"
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"seven wonders"
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"eastern harbour"
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"nice view"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This 15th century fortress on the Eastern Harbour Corniche was built by Mamluk Sultan Qa’it Bay on the site of the ancient wonder, the Lighthouse of Pharos. From a distance it resembles a gigantic sandcastle jutting out into the sea on a narrow strip of...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I loved walking through his fort. There are AMAZING views as you climb higher. There is a lack of information with sign postage and the area is very dirty. Streets are littered. It’s a shame. Citizens need to show some respect for he environment, especially...More

Thank nelshark
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unlike so much of old Alexandria the base of the old lighthouse and the fort still stand proud. A fort with an internal mosque is a novelty, reused pieces of old granite from the lighthouse, great views from the upper window slots, etc. Be aware...More

Thank Patrick L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In this place you will feel and smell the history of Alexandria, how was Alexandria a Covetous for the invaders from the Romans, Macedonians and others,

Thank Abdelmohsen
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Reviewed 1 week ago

had a great time siting by the sea and admire the view. the fort stood there as witness of time. Most of the old building by the sea is washed away but this fort stood there defying the time to prove the historic value of...More

Thank shahanaraq
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a simply stunning fort with amazing views of the Mediterranean. It was a lot of fun to wander through each room and down the corridors. The few signs posted throughout give some background, but I'd like to go back with a guide.

Thank CarrieRyuko
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As always, a wonderful place to visit and enjoy. Well preserved fort with spectacular views of Alexandria.

Thank walid m
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's to good to sea fort qaitbey and their a nice setting erya and alot of setting place you can spend nice time

Thank alneebari
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Probably one of the best places in Alexandria for a bit of seaside breeze mixed with a bit of history and sightseeing. The fort is well kept and clean with many rooms to explore and imagine how it was managed all those years ago. It...More

Thank Hesham N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recently went with my young children, we did not go inside, but took one of the boats on the area and it was a very fun experience to see the structure from the outside.

Thank Ana P
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Nada E
11 September 2017|
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
I would ask at your Hotel and see if you can get a deal. They usually know the ins & outs .
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retireeVancouver
16 March 2015|
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Response from maabdou2000 |
Hi, No there is no a sidwalk, you need to take Uber or taxi, I would recommend Uber. Walking day or night of course is not safe, there high level of crimes these days in Egypt due to falling Economy. Cruise passengers, no... More
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