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Fort Qaitbey

88545 N 31. 21372 E 29., Alexandria 21599, Egypt
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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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88545 N 31. 21372 E 29., Alexandria 21599, Egypt
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I had been to this fort 11 years ago and had a guided tour provided by the facility. It was not crowded and there was a lot to see. This time when we went, it was extremely crowded with people and there were no guides...More

Thank Aly A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there several times and you just cannot get enough of this place. Whether walking in the castle or enjoying its beautiful location, it is an excellent visit. The street leading to the castle can be very crowded.

Thank walid m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful on the sea side with ancient architecture. Check out the days and timing before visiting.

Thank Nandish J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very lucky to have the opportunity to go to Egypt as a young Teacher many pounds ago. But enough of that. I was staying in Cairo and I heard about a day tour to Alexandria. Thankfully the Good Idea fairy hit me. So...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love the place. Very nice view We went with our tour guy and he explained everything about the history of it. Very interesting. You don't want to miss it. I could go back again.

Reviewed 19 June 2017

Occupying a prominent position at one end of Alexandria's long waterfront, this fort occupies the site thought to have been that of the lighthouse of Pharos (one of the seven ancient Wonders Of The World). The fort is in very light, almost white, stonework. It's...More

Thank Andy F
Reviewed 15 June 2017

This place gives you the spirit of the age it was built in it's a MUST visit I strongly recommend it,

Thank OmarPaketa
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

A must see in Alexandria. The views of the ocean are spectacular. It's a very interesting fort and I recommend going with a guide to tell you the history. A wonderful spot for artsy photos

Thank wake15272
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Built with the stones of the ancient lighthouse of Alexandria with cedar wood intervals to give flexibility to the building. It was used to defend Alexandria and housed many soldiers. View of the link to the library across the bay.

Thank Bruno F
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Built on the foundation of the Alexandria Lighthouse, one of the ancient 7 wonders of the world, QuaitBay Fort is renovated recently. It uniquely sit on top of Pharos Island. It controls the Eastern Harbour and the only access to Alexandria.

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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