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Fort Qaitbey

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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a very pretty fort and has nice views of the Mediterranean Sea. Not very expensive to get in and you just walk round at your own pace.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 27jessicab
Reviewed 1 week ago

This fort may be older than other forts we have visited, but it is much like other forts, except for the mosque inside the fort with the mosaic floor. Very nice.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank colleenmariem
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a worthwhile site and provides an insight into part of Alexandria’s history. Once you buy a ticket, and it’s not expensive, you enter the complex and can start exploring. The main fort has lots of stairs and so comfortable shoes would be recommended....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ahmadmO2508VE
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated on the footprint of the ancient Lighthouse of Aleandria which was one of the wonders of the world, the castle stands on the eastern side of the northern tip of Pharos Island at the mouth of the Eastern Harbour. It is a fine castle...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am very happy to visit the citadel. My children are enjoying to see thip historical place and the amazing view of the sea over there

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Riham R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Right in the Mediterranean Sea worth a visit close to trams. Shopping markets pleasant location. Relaxing

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 172glennh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to Egypt to see the pyramids & learn about the Pharaohs so Fort Qaitbey was not on my bucket list, but it was on our tour. It was interesting with a tour guide but to see by yourself - not so much.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Shelly L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Or as called Kalaet Qait Bay It is the fortress built at the place where was once standing the Alexandria pharos. It is a beautiful construction of the 15th century. Must see when u r in Alexandria.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank annietutungian
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You should not miss visiting the Fort Qaitbey... After a nice walk on the corniche overlooking the bay leading to the fort, the looks of it is stunning specially at night with all the lights decorating it’s outside... The fort stands as a sign of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 252ms
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Again seeing this place and feel its energy is an experience of a life time. The beauty of the water around brings nostalgia of the past.

Date of experience: September 2018
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7 October 2018|
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Response from Rudireda | Reviewed this property |
No it's not free, but it's not too much to pay.
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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 .
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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