Rosetta in detail


Built in the traditional Delta style using small flat bricks painted alternately red and black, Rosetta’s Ottoman houses are generally three-storey structures with the upper floor slightly overhanging the lower. At ground level the doorways often feature intricate painted floral designs, while jutting and ornate mashrabiyya (lattice) windows decorate the walls. The town prides itself on being the second city in Egypt, after Cairo, for Islamic monuments.

When you arrive in the town square, you will be greeted by the tourist police who will show you around town. You can admire some excellent examples of this local architecture along the main souq, which runs the length of Sharia Port Said from the microbus station and town square.