Fortress sights in Alexandria
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The Eastern Harbour is dominated by the fairy-tale-perfect Fort Qaitbey. Built on a narrow peninsula by the Mamluk sultan Qaitbey in AD 1480, it sits on the remains of the legendary Pharos lighthouse.
About 5km north of Rosetta along the Nile is the Fort of Qaitbey, built in 1479 (just before the sultan’s fort in Alexandria) to guard the mouth of the Nile 6km further on. It was here that the famous Rosetta Stone was found, and there’s a copy inside the fort. The mouth of the Nile is visible from atop the walls. Boats depart from the Corniche near the Museum Garden and make the trip to the fort for around E£50 to E£60 per person return (1½ hours), or you can hire a taxi to take you.