Fort Qaitbey, Alexandria

An impressive example of medieval military architecture, Fort Qaitbey overlooks the city's harbor. Built in the 1480s, the fortress was designed to provide protection from crusaders arriving by sea--today it offers extensive views of the Mediterranean and the city it was built to defend. The fort allegedly stands on the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the now-gone Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. A visit to Fort Qaitbey represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Alexandria road trip planning app to plot your vacation.
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  • Visiting the Citadel was a fine experience. At the entrance there is a sign that the Citadel was established in 882AH -1477AD. The building was a defence fortress and also houses the second oldest...  more »
  • Established by the Mamluk Sultan Qaitbay in 1477 AD, the Citadel of Qaitbay served as a defensive fortress on the Mediterranean. It was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of...  more »

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