Alexandria, Egypt
Citadel of Qaitbay

An impressive 15th century fortress in Alexandria, Egypt.

The Citadel of Qaitbay or Fort of Qaitbay, is a 15th century defensive fortress situated at the Mediterranean Sea coast in Alexandria, Egypt. It was constructed in 1477 by then Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa’it Bay and hence named after him. It is considered one of the most tactically significant defences not only within the country but along the Mediterranean Sea coast and was even part of an important fortification structure of Alexandria in the 15th century. It is located at the entrance of the eastern harbour on the eastern side of the Pharos Island, on exactly where the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood. As you walk in the citadel, you will be able to observe the various fortifications and ramparts where archers once stood in preparation for battle. While you might just see beautiful scenery now, soldiers back then wouldn’t have had the luxury to admire the vast coastline, seeing as they were anticipating an attack. The citadel itself is an impressive fortress, and you will definitely feel safe and secure standing inside.

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Tips Before You Go
There is a small entrance fee that you will need to pay before entering the citadel but it’s certainly worth the visit, and serves as a good getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are a lot of food stalls serving all sorts of delicacies in the vicinity as well.
As Sayalah Sharq, Qesm Al Gomrok, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt