The fortress of Qaitbey enjoys a perfect position, at the end of a narrow strip of land extending into the Eastern Port of Alexandria. After having lasted for about two centuries, the lighthouse was already in ruins in the fifteenth century.
The medieval fortress of Qaitbey was constructed in the 15th century on the Pharos island where the famous Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria was standing, built on the ruins of the ancient Lighthouse. It enjoys a perfect position, at the end of a narrow strip of land extending into the Eastern Port of Alexandria. After having lasted for about two centuries, the lighthouse was already in ruins in the 15th century.
In 1480 the Mamluk sultan Qaitbey decided to make use its still solid foundations to establish a coastal stronghold against the Turks, what remains nowadays from the fortress is nothing faithful to its first structure, as it suffered against heavy naval attack by of the British armies, after which it was largely rebuilt. The fortress no longer had military functions for a very long time, now, it houses a small naval museum.
The Fortress of Qaitbay can be approached along a path, a place admired the most by Alexandrian fishermen. Through a checkpoint, you enter the surrounding courtyard, which along with a small restaurant, has some galleries and rooms to be examined, however, the main tower endures as its principal point.
In order to enter, you will have to go through a door built from large granite parts, most probably obtained from the ancient lighthouse. Inside, on three floors, it is possible to appreciate numerous artifacts and aquatic finds, including some objects belonging to Napoleon's fleet which sunk in Alexandria's enlargement with an extraordinary naval strategist by Admiral Nelson in 1798.
A big part of the fortress was used as a mosque and for four centuries the walls were dominated by the minaret until it was destroyed by the English navy. It is considered the oldest mosque ever built in Alexandria, but it is no longer in use.
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