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National Naval Museum at Qaitbay Fort (Citadel)

inside the Qait Bey fort is the Naval Museum

A high ridge at the end of the beach along Alexandria's coast was once the site of the fabled Lighthouse of Pharos. It collapsed after an earthquake in the 14th century. Qait Bey Fort remains as the only reminder that Alexandria provided safe harbor for vessels seeking refuge and trading opportunities. Fortress Qait Bey was built on the northern tip of the Eastern Port, and on the site of the ancient Pharos (the ancient lighthouse) of Alexandria, the fort has three levels similar to mediavel fortresses. It also houses the naval museum to revive Alexandria's old naval heritage.


National Navy Museum which contains artifacts from the Roman and Napoleonic sea battles. People of all ages, local and tourists are frequenting and admiring the beauty of this wonder. It combines models , paintings and statues portraying the development of navigation and ship building in Egypt since Pharaonic times until the present. They also represent the Egyptian naval battles throughout the ages.
Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria counts one of the most important defensive strongholds, not only in Egypt, but also along the Mediterranean Sea coast. It formulated an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria in the 15th century A.D. Qait Bey, a 15th-century Egyptian sultan, constructed the fort to secure the entrance to the harbor. Some sections used rubble from the old lighthouse. The fort provides unobstructed views of Alexandria and the Mediterranean Sea and is home to a small mosque and a naval museum. Experienced divers can search for relics from the lighthouse and ancient ships in the waters around the fort. Eternal Egypt's website provides historical background and interactive web cam images of the fort and Alexandria's harbor. Other sights worth seeing in Alexandria include Roman catacombs, a Roman amphitheater and palaces, such as the Montazah palace.
Fort of Qaitbey - The Citadel of Qaitbay, Alexandria
Address:
National Naval Museum at Fort of Qaitbey: The Citadel of Qaitbay/ Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria
Fortress Qait Bey, Alexandria, Egypt
Train Station: Seedi Gaber Station
Hour: Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm
Tel: 011-20-34-86-5106

Last Updated on Sunday 16th January 2011