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Fort Qaitbey

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Address: N 31. 21372 E 29. 88545, Alexandria, 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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The portal of Alexandria.........

Every one needed to enter Alexandria, needed to enter through the site of this Citadel. History passed through this Citadel. I like the view that you can get from this Citadel... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Fontana, California
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Dubai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Such a nice place infant of the Ychet club and the greek club. Read the history before you go as not well explained and there was no guide.

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Fontana, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every one needed to enter Alexandria, needed to enter through the site of this Citadel. History passed through this Citadel. I like the view that you can get from this Citadel to the whole city. Place is clean but no signs no information at the entry. Employees are lazy and give you an attitude. no security inside the Citadel, so... More 

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Meerut, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent photo opportunities are there at Sunset time . The Fort Qaitbey was built by Mameluke Sultan Qaitbey in 1480 from the remains of legendary Pharos lighthouse . Plan your visit in Evening hours for some good pics and a very nice area for walking. Pharos Lighthouse was destroyed in earthquake and its debris was used to build this fort... More 

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Thank Dr N K S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My two daughters loved it but we went to the bathroom before entering in el qala cafe next to it so i am not sure about bathrooms there but we went to the third floor and the security was all over the place and tried to help me as i was alone with them amazing view from the first floor.

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is near Pompeys Pillar and Karmouz so check it out. It's a beautiful castle that has rooftop access to a stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea -great for picture taking. It cost 30.00 EP so almost 2USD. It's very safe you must go through a security checkpoint like most attractions before entering. Outside the area is a beach... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Fort looked into the Sea which had an awesome view. It was neat and clean all the way. In all a must visit place

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Cairo, Egypt
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

area not clean and have not service many begging and seller until aqua museum too old i advise do not go there

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful view...started in the 9th century and continued to be added on to for centuries. The outside was modeled after the 12th century citadel in Cairo. They have some of the original cannons used by the Ottomans...the first empire to use gunpowder in war. Beautiful views of the Mediterranean. You can take a boat ride outside.

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Plymouth, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a cool and solid old fort built right on the edge of the water. Great view of the Mediterranean harbor.

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Thank 196janicen
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just came here to see this fort but it was quick walking trip for me as most of the castle is just empty.

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