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Qaitbay Fort Qaitbay Fort
Photo by Raymon Kondos © 2009 Your Egypt

The fort was built in about 1480 by Sultan Qaitbay, the then Burgi Mamluk ruler of Egypt. The site of the fort was once occupied by the famous ancient lighthouse of Alexandria (The PharosWhat does it mean?), one of the Seven Wonders of the WorldWhat does it mean?. The lighthouse was subject to earthquakes and despite efforts of some Arab rulers to restore it; it finally collapsed in a 14th century tremor. Qaitbay used its debris in the construction of his fort.

The fort itself suffered the British bombardment in 1882 but was restored and now it is in a very good condition.
The upper level of the fort has a minor museum featuring weapons used in the past.

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