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. Before you head to Alexandria, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Alexandria road trip planning app , to make sure you see all that Alexandria has to offer, including Fort Qaitbey.
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  • The Fort Qaitbey is an amazing fort build during the 14th century to defend Alexandria from the advances of the Ottoman Empire. On its foundation was the legendary Pharos Lighthouse. It’s beautiful!!!...  more »
  • Was twice with colleagues. Turkish fortress of the 15th century, nothing more special you will not see there, the new-build as a new-model, all polished and adjusted, but for a change you can go, the photos are not bad and kind of touched the history - like visited the site of the lighthouse, just squeamy feeling some involvement in ancient history
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