Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Alexandria

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Alexandria’s ancient library was one of the greatest of all classical institutions, and while replacing it might seem a Herculean task, the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina manages it with aplomb. Opened in 2002, this im…
Top Choice Museum in Alexandria

Alexandria National Museum

This excellent museum sets a high benchmark for summing up Alexandria’s past. Housed in a beautifully restored Italianate villa, the small but thoughtfully selected and well-labelled collection does a sterling job o…
Archaeological Site in Alexandria

Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa

Discovered accidentally in 1900 when a donkey disappeared through the ground, these catacombs are the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt and one of the last major works of construction dedicated to the religio…
Archaeological Site in Alexandria

Pompey’s Pillar & the Temple of Serapeum

This massive 30m column looms over the debris of the glorious ancient settlement of Rhakotis, the original township from which Alexandria grew. Known as Pompey’s Pillar, for centuries the column, hewn from red Aswan…
Archaeological Site in Alexandria

Kom al-Dikka

This site was discovered when foundations were being laid for an apartment building on a site known unceremoniously as Kom al-Dikka (Mound of Rubble). In Ptolemaic times this area was known as the Park of Pan, a ple…
Fort in Alexandria

Fort Qaitbey

The Eastern Harbour is dominated by the bulky walls of Fort Qaitbey, built on a narrow peninsula over the remains of the legendary Pharos lighthouse by the Mamluk sultan Qaitbey in 1480. Finely restored, there are a…
Mosque in Alexandria

Mosque of Abu Abbas al-Mursi

This stately mosque was originally the tomb of a 13th-century Sufi saint from Murcia in Spain. Today, it dominates a large midan (square) that covers an entire city block, and is easily visible and accessible from t…
Mosque in Alexandria

Terbana Mosque

The beautiful little Terbana Mosque stands at the junction of Sharia Faransa and Wekalet al-Limon. This entire quarter, known as Gumruk, stands on land that was underwater in the Middle Ages. Late 17th-century build…
Museum in Alexandria

Planetarium

The planetarium at Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a futuristic neon-lit sphere, looming on the plaza like a mini Death Star from Star Wars. It shows 3-D films focused on space exploration, the natural world and Egyptian…
Museum in Alexandria

Manuscript Museum

The Manuscript Museum of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina hosts a beautifully displayed collection of ancient texts, antiquarian books and maps, including a copy of the only surviving scroll from Alexandria's ancient lib…