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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
+20 122 244 5141
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You can visit castle comfortable bu caring to kids .Castle is telling Turkish and Egypt history and army of ancient times with mediterrenian view...

Thank meresule
Reviewed 4 days ago

A wonderful view of the Mediterranean Sea. Photo perfect pictures location. Fort has a long walk to go up, so we didn't climb up. Amidst the ruins you can see the blue turquoise Sea

Thank Jayaram R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This fort was built on the ruins of the ancient pharos (lighthouse in Greek). It is a nice walking for an hour or so and enjoying the cool breeze from Mediterranean sea. Also a good spot for photography. The fort is well preserved.

Thank Sofi N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on a Friday so it was busy but there is lots of space to wander around. Access to lots is the fort. It has great views of both the sea and Alexandria. Only 60le for foreigners.

Thank Ulrike C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The fort is a nice place to spend around an hour. The area around it is nice too...there are boats that can give you a tour around the place. Also there are stands that have nice souvenirs in the vicinity of the fort.

Thank sukayna f
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed visiting this great Fort - it is quite different in style to others we've seen, especially internally, and the higher levels provide the most stunning view of Alexandria city and the Mediterranean.

Thank DesNewman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Compared to the Indian forts, I found this one one very routine & ordinary. One could as well have skipped it.

Thank Ashok M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The grounds and history holding are in immaculate condition. To walk through the tunnels and sea the Mediterranean just as they would have hundreds of years ago is astounding. A beautiful representation of the many cultural influences in this region.

Thank Rachael C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting fort where you can take some good photos. Popular with the locals who want to take pictures with foreigners.

Thank Steve N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Citadel of Qaitbay is a 15th-century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean sea coast, in Alexandria, Egypt.👑 It was established in 1477 by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay. The Citadel is situated on the eastern side of the northern tip of Pharos Island...More

Thank Wafaa D
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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 .
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