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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  • A wonderful view of the port of Alexandria standing tall as the guardian of the city. Is it worth the 3 hour +/- drive from Cairo? I would say it's a toss-up. There are a few spots, like the ex-presid...  more »
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