Suez Canal attractions

Historic Building in Port Said

Suez Canal House

If you’ve ever seen a picture of Port Said, it was probably of the striking green domes of the Suez Canal House, which was built in time for the inauguration of the canal in 1869. As it’s currently fenced off (and n…
Museum in Ismailia

Ismailia Museum

More than 4000 objects from Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman times are housed in this tiny but interesting museum on the eastern edge of town. The collection includes statues, scarabs, stelae and records of the first cana…
Historic Building in Ismailia

De Lesseps’s House

Unfortunately, unless you're a guest of the Suez Canal Authority (the house is its private guesthouse), you can only admire the exterior of the one-time residence of the French consul to Egypt from the road outside.…
Museum in Port Said

Military Museum

This little museum is worth a peek for its information on the canal and also for some rather bizarre exhibits (including toy soldiers) documenting the 1956 Suez Crisis and the 1967 and 1973 wars with Israel. In the …
Church in Port Said

Coptic Orthodox Church

The impressive Coptic Orthodox Church of St Bishoi of the Virgin is one of a cluster of churches on and around Sharia Salah Salem. It's famed for its icon of St Mary which is claimed to produce holy oil. Unfortunate…
Historic Building in Port Said

Simon Arzt Department Store Building

Despite the smashed windows and years of neglect, the art deco finesse of this building still shines through. Built in the early 1920s, this was Port Said's number-one purveyor of imported goods and a see-and-be-see…
Historic Building in Port Said

Bible Society Building

This set of rather grand archways looming over the pavement on Sharia Al Gomhuriyya announce what was once the entrance to the Bible Society building. They now hide the entrance to a modern HSBC bank.
Monument in Port Said

Stone Plinth

At the very northern end of Sharia Palestine is this large stone plinth that once held a statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps, until it was torn down in 1956 with the nationalisation of the Suez Canal.
Historic Building in Port Said

Italian Consulate

The old Italian consulate building, erected in the 1930s, is adorned with an engraved piece of the propaganda of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini: ‘Rome – once again at the heart of an empire’.
Monastery in Port Said

Franciscan Compound

This building once served as home to Port Said's community of Franciscan monks. It's not open to the public but you can admire its typically European-style architecture from the street.