Fort Qaitbey
Fort Qaitbey
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea!
    Getting tickets was pretty much hassle-free, and they accept cards. As for the fort itself, we were able to explore the entire fort at a relaxed pace. We were also able to see the surroundings also at a relaxed pace. The main entrance had a hole at the ceiling, and it turns out that's where defenders would pour boiling oil to potential invaders. That must have hurt! The view of the Mediterranean was unrivalled in Alexandria. The fort also had a large Egyptian flag at the top, pretty epic.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once there was a lighthouse
    The Lighthouse of Alexandria was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and now at its place there's this majestic Citadel, built in the Middle Ages by Sultan Al-Ashraf. It has very thick walls and you can enjoy a fantastic view above Alexandria. The inner garden is interesting too.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 December 2023
  • WTBManila
    Falls Church, Virginia
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth traveling from Cairo for this alone.
    Stunning views. Wondrous glimpse into some 5-600 year old history with panoramic views of Alexandria. Top tip - try and buy tickets online in advance. Queues were ridiculously long and slow. Admittedly on a Saturday.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 January 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A site to visit
    We were looking forward to visiting this place given the history about the lighthouse that was there earlier. Even without the lighthouse, it was a very nice experience. Our guide explained to us about the background of the citadel - the lighthouse built by Ptolemy, the mosque and now the citadel. On going inside the structure after paying 150 EGY Pounds, there are rooms on the ground surrounding the main citadel. There are 4 floors and we can climb up to 3 but the stairs are steep and not advisable for people who are very old. On the first floor, one can take a round and experience the cool Mediterranean breeze as well as have a great view of the city at a distance and the blue waters. Second and third floors had rooms with the third floor housing the sultan's room. This attraction is very crowded on the weekends and ticket lines can take time. Worth a visit though.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 January 2024
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where the Lighthouse stood
    One of the stops on our tour of the city, this was the site of the ancient lighthouse that was one of the wonders of the ancient world. An earthquake destroyed the lighthouse and centuries later this fort was built to protect the city. Right at the entrance to the old harbor, some good views. Lots of sun.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2024
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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.
Written 8 May 2020
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Kazi Y
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Fort of Qaitbay is a 15th-century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean sea coast, in Alexandria, Egypt. It was established in 1477 AD by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay in an effort to fortify this important Egyptian port from attack, and rubble from the toppled lighthouse was used in its construction. The fort is situated on the eastern side of the northern tip of Pharos Island at the mouth of the Eastern Harbour. This fort was built on the base of the old famous Alexandria lighthouse.The fort is considered one of the most important defensive strongholds, not only in Egypt, but also along the Mediterranean Sea coast. One of the best attractions in Alexandria, but not well maintained .
Written 20 March 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were looking forward to visiting this place given the history about the lighthouse that was there earlier. Even without the lighthouse, it was a very nice experience. Our guide explained to us about the background of the citadel - the lighthouse built by Ptolemy, the mosque and now the citadel.
On going inside the structure after paying 150 EGY Pounds, there are rooms on the ground surrounding the main citadel. There are 4 floors and we can climb up to 3 but the stairs are steep and not advisable for people who are very old. On the first floor, one can take a round and experience the cool Mediterranean breeze as well as have a great view of the city at a distance and the blue waters. Second and third floors had rooms with the third floor housing the sultan's room.

This attraction is very crowded on the weekends and ticket lines can take time.

Worth a visit though.
Written 29 January 2024
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ricardorJ3699QO
POMPANO BEACH, United States
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The views from this fort are amazing. Worth the entrance fee. Good to view and simply relax. We visited during the afternoon. There was not a lot of other tourist there and we were able to wander around without seeing to many other tourist.
Written 22 December 2020
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Kim G
Toronto, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
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.
Written 1 May 2020
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anezreltub
Ramsey, UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Big queue for tickets as it was a public holiday, also couldn't park nearby so had a 5-6minute walk in the sunshine from where we were dropped off.
Our guide had pre paid tickets and we spent about an hour wandering around. Great views of the sea. We took a boat trip too across the Med to the library and back..200egp each..about £5
Lots of market stalls selling shells, jewellery, ornaments etc. Weren't hassled as you past by unlike other parts of Egypt. We didn't buy anything as visited at the end of our holiday and had bought all our souvenirs.
Written 2 July 2023
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Munir D
Toronto, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
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.
Written 28 June 2020
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CDMG123
Cairo, Egypt
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
This fort was my main reason for coming up to Alexandria, and it did not disappoint. The 3 accessible floors all have different views, and the mosaic mosque floor on the first level is stunning. The views through the small windows in the thick stone walls are breathtaking.
Written 9 April 2022
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Hassan M
Cape Town Central, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was a fascinating visit to an old fort built in the 1480s. A small fee is payable for entry. It is quite big with many nooks and crannies. There is a basement section and one has access to the top of the walls. There is a mosque in the interior.
Written 5 January 2020
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Mus
Toronto, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
It’s a very beautiful citadel. You have access to pretty much every corner of it. The view is stunning. It’s a must see if you’re in Alexandria, even for a day trip.
From there you’d have a beautiful view of the sea, the corniche and part of the city.
If you’re by the downtown area or at the corniche, you can walk to the citadel. There is a fee for the entrance and it’s 60 EGP, but it’s definitely worth it.
Written 22 February 2020
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