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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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Nice place to visit in Alexandria

It was amazing to see the fort and its unique structure that was built by the stones from a historical light house.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was amazing to see the fort and its unique structure that was built by the stones from a historical light house.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The citadel is beatifull. You have a fantastic view of the Mediterranean sea and you feel like you are in a historic and important place of the world. The people is really nice!

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Shelton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very beautiful Fort, A beautiful walk from Downtown. It's a small fort but in good shape. worth a visit. You will need about 1 hour to see it all.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There's lots to do and around this site. We visited on a sunny Friday and there were lots of families enjoying the day. Cotton candy, popcorn and balloons for sale. You can watch the fishermen (and the cats) at this historic site.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Despite many visits to Alex over the years, we have never visited this old citadel until now. The approach leads you to the ancient gates, wide landscaped garden in the inner courtyard we're full of students and schoolchildren learning about their history and enjoying the views (particularly of foreigners who have been absent from the country for some time now...... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Citadel itself is magnificent with a beautiful location in the mediterranean sea. However, the place around is full of street sellers who are bothering people with what they are selling. The place at night is more then perfect for a walk regarding the atmosphere but the streets were full of dirt every where .

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Thank Amr G
Alexandria, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoy the sea view and the citadel hugged the sea. Amazing sight seen from the citadel top. Ancient weapons and military staff as well as coins and other monuments.

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Thank ihabyahia
Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

my eyes was spoiled by mediteranian sea view on the top of this castle, gave me a moodbooster and refreshed my mind, brought me a historical experience and they take good care of the castle very good

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This marvelously located fortress has a lot to tell about the history of Alexandria. It is well kept and all decorative details are authentic . It provides a beautiful view and photographing spot exposing the old port with small fishermen boats and the city of Alexandria.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During our sightseeing program of Alexandria, when we visited Egypt in a group tour in October, 2016, we visited the 15th Century Fort Qaitbey. The location of this citadel is in the very place where there stood one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

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