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Alexandria
Alexandria

Alexandria is an Egyptian coastal city known for its mild climate and stretching its beaches along the Mediterranean Sea in the north of the country for a distance of up to 70 km from east to west.

Its coastal nature and its extended area made it the second Egyptian capital. Alexandria is one of the most varied places of tourism in Egypt. Some of its features are of a religious nature, and some of them are also of a historical and cultural nature that is not without a European touch.

Alexandria was in the ancient era the capital of Egypt and was called the "Bride of the Mediterranean", and was built by Alexander the Great and therefore it was called this name in his honour, and Alexandria is considered the second-largest city in Egypt after the city of Cairo.

Alexandria contains many attractions and distinctive tourist places; therefore, tourism in Alexandria is one of the most important destinations that attract large numbers of tourists from outside and inside Egypt, it is the pearl of Egypt that contains many ancient Pharaonic museums in addition to some newly created monuments, and also contains Religious attractions and various entertainment venues.

Alexandria Map
Alexandria Map


The most important tourist attractions in Alexandria:





Qaitbay Citadel

Qaitbay Citadel - Alexandria
Qaitbay Citadel - Alexandria

One of the oldest Islamic monuments and the most important tourist attractions in Alexandria, which receives large numbers of tourists throughout the year. The castle was built by Sultan “Ashraf Saif Al-Din Qaitbay” on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea (in the same location as the old lighthouse which was destroyed during the occurrence of an ancient strong earthquake), to be the stronghold for people and army from many threats to Alexandria. Qaitbay Castle was built fortified with high walls. There was some sabotage at the castle when the British occupation entered Egypt, but the “Preservation of Arab Antiquities” committee restored it in 1904.


Qaitbay Citadel link   (Wikipedia)


The New Library of Alexandria


The New Library of Alexandria
The New Library of Alexandria


 It is considered one of the most important places for tourism in Alexandria and Egypt in general. As it is a beacon of different cultures, arts, and civilizations around the world, the library was opened in its new shape in 2002, and it was called the Great Library; it is not a library that includes books only, but it contains many buildings represented in:

Planetarium - The New Library of Alexandria
Planetarium - The New Library of Alexandria
  • The main library contains large numbers of valuable books in various fields.
  • Planetarium.
  • A room designed to teach science in a simple way for children.
  • Multiple exhibitions such as Arabic calligraphy exhibition and sculpture exhibition.
  • Specialized centres for academic research such as the Center for Democratic Studies.
  • Custom libraries for each category, such as Child Library, Rare Book Library, and others.
  • Museums such as the Sadat Museum and the Manuscripts Museum.
  • Panorama of Civilization Building.
  • Halls for temporary art exhibitions.

The New Library of Alexandria
The New Library of Alexandria

This masterpiece is located in the Al-Shatby area on the Corniche Road, specifically in front of Al-Silsila Beach. The dates of visiting the Library of Alexandria throughout the week are from ten in the morning until seven in the evening, except for Friday from two in the afternoon until seven in the evening, and Saturday from twelve in the afternoon until four in the evening.
  
Pompey's Pillar - Alexandria
Pompey's Pillar - Alexandria


Pompey's Pillar is one of the most important tourist attractions in Alexandria attracts visitors to witness its construction strength and high altitude. The construction of the Pompey Pillar dates back to the Roman era in the perpetuation of Emperor Diocletian who saved Alexandrian people from the revolution carried out by Commander Achilles, so they built this column thanks to the Emperor, who restored stability and calm to the city.


Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa

Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa - Alexandria
Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa - Alexandria


Ancient tombs found in the Kom El Shoqafa area in Alexandria, and they represent many ancient cultures, they are a mix between the Pharaonic arts with Roman and Greek arts and they contain some artefacts and many tombs and statues. The construction of these tombs has been expanded throughout the ages due to the presence of large differences between motifs and inscriptions of each region.


These tombs consist of three levels engraved inside the rock, and the first level and then the second level was reached after reducing the water table, but the third level has not been reached yet due to the presence of artefacts submerged under groundwater.


Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa link  (Wikipedia)


The Roman Theater

The Roman Theater - Alexandria
The Roman Theater - Alexandria

One of the most important landmarks of tourism in Alexandria, and dates back to the Roman era and is found in the Kom El Dekka area in Alexandria.


The theatre was discovered by chance when the tomb of "Alexander the Great" was being searched for. It is composed of a number (13) degrees made of marble material that takes the shape of the letter (U), and the grades were numbered in Greek from the bottom to the top to arrange the process of sitting in the theatre as it contained about (600) people, and was used to hear some types of music has been This is confirmed by the presence of the area of ​​the orchestra, in addition to the presence of a large dome.







The sunken cities of Abu Qir


The sunken cities of Abu Qir - Alexandria
The Sunken cities of Abu Qir - Alexandria

The sunken cities of Abu Qir - Alexandria
The Sunken cities of Abu Qir - Alexandria



These cities are considered one of the most beautiful places in tourism in Egypt, where you can participate in a group diving trip organized by one of the approved diving centres in the city at Abu Qir Beach to see the underwater ruins of Heracleion and Canopus, which date back to the time of the Ptolemaic Kings and the Greco-Roman era the city witnessed. , With some traces dating back to the ancient Pharaonic era, such as the remains of the Temple of Isis, according to what it says according to the eternal legend of Isis and Osiris, and the Cleopatra Palace.


Heracleion link   (Wikipedia)





Alexandria National Museum


The National Museum - Alexandria
The National Museum - Alexandria

The Alexandria National Museum includes a large collection of artefacts, which may number up to 1,800 artefacts from all ancient and modern times. These artefacts have been brought from many museums scattered throughout all of Egypt, such as the Coptic Museum in Cairo, the Islamic Museum, the Greek and Roman Museum, and others. Museums are grouped monuments representing Egyptian civilization.


The Alexandria National Museum is unique in the presence of a group of sunken relics that have been recovered, such as the statue of "Isis" made of black granite and the head of the statue of "Alexander the Great". It includes large numbers of currencies of different eras such as the Islamic era and the Byzantine era, some of which were found under the waters of the Gulf of "Abu Qir", and contains some jewellery and gold holdings belonging to the family of "King Ali".



National Museum of Alexandria link  (Wikipedia)




Royal Jewelry Museum


Royal Jewelry Museum - Alexandria
Royal Jewelry Museum - Alexandria


This museum was nicknamed “The Palace of Jewelry” because its palace belonged to Princess “Fatima Al-Zahra” from the family of “Muhammad Ali.” In 1986, that palace was transformed into the Royal Jewellery Museum.
It contains some of the relics of the family of King "Muhammad Ali", which number about (11500) pieces divided into 10 halls, and each hall contains a set of jewellery and watches made of diamonds, gold ornaments and a group of precious stones.

Royal Jewelry Museum website link  (Wikipedia)





Graeco-Roman Museum Alexandria

Graeco-Roman Museum - Alexandria
Graeco-Roman Museum - Alexandria

The Graeco-Roman Museum  contains several pieces dating from the Greco-Roman (Ptolemaic) era in the 3rd century BC, such as a sculpture of Apis in black granite, the sacred bull of the Egyptians, mummies, sarcophagus, tapestries, and other objects offering a view of Greco-Roman civilization in contact with ancient Egypt.

Graeco-Roman Museum Alexandria link (Wikipedia)




National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium - Alexandria
National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium - Alexandria


The museum is considered an educational and recreational museum. It includes a group of ponds that contain some marine fish, reptiles that live in saltwater and other types of fish that live in fresh water.

The museum also includes some types of plants and shells that exist in the water, whether seawater or rivers and contains an integrated laboratory to do some studies on all marine life in it, and there is a part of that museum that contains some fish and marine creatures that are embalmed like the skeleton of a shark and a model of a bride The the sea that was once found in legends.


National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium - Alexandria
National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium - Alexandria 

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium link  (Wikipedia)




Religious tourism attractions

The landmarks of religious tourism in Alexandria represent the three monotheistic religions whose followers have lived for centuries on the city's lands, including the Al-Mursi Abu Al-Abbas Mosque, famous for its Anfoshi, the Jewish Temple of the Prophet Daniel (Synagogue), the Monastery of St. Mina, St. Mark's Cathedral, the oldest church in the African continent.


Al-Mursi Abu Al Abbas Mosque - Alexandria
Al-Mursi Abu Al Abbas Mosque - Alexandria

Al-Mursi Abu Al-Abbas Mosque link (Wikipedia)


Monastery of St. Mina - Alexandria
Monastery of St. Mina - Alexandria

Monastery of St. Mina link  (Wikipedia)


Synagogue -Prophet Daniel Jewish Temple - Alexandria
Synagogue -Prophet Daniel Jewish Temple - Alexandria


Synagogue - Prophet Daniel Jewish Temple link (Wikipedia)


St. Mark's Cathedral - Alexandria
St. Mark's Cathedral - Alexandria


St. Mark's Cathedral link  (Wikipedia)



Montaza Palace Gardens


Montaza Palace Gardens - Alexandria
Montaza Palace Gardens - Alexandria

Montaza Palace - Alexandria
Montaza Palace - Alexandria


Montaza Palace Gardens are spread over an area of ​​(370) acres and are located around the Montaza Palace, which was built by Khedive Abbas II. This palace was built in the Islamic and Florentine style, and the secret lies in the beauty of that palace and the gardens around it, it is on a plateau at a height of (15) feet.

Montaza Palace Gardens - Alexandria
Montaza Palace Gardens - Alexandria

These gardens are full of many varieties of trees and more than a hundred years old. The gardens of the park are not limited to the palace only, but the Harmelak Palace, which is dedicated to the royal family, and the Peace Palace, were built in the middle of the gardens.

Montaza Palace Gardens link   (Wikipedia)




Shallalat Gardens

Shallalat Gardens - Alexandria
Shallalat Gardens - Alexandria

A large garden established on an area of ​​8 acres and contains a set of terrain, three lakes, a group of trees and rare plants, and some artificial waterfalls. This park was famous for the artistic parties and recreational colours that were held in the old.

It turned into a large cultural centre that includes a library that contains a collection of valuable scientific and technical books in many fields. The garden was divided into 5 different regions and each section was named after the names of the most famous artists and intellectuals.

Shallalat Gardens link   (Wikipedia)


Antoniadis Gardens

Antoniadis Gardens - Alexandria
Antoniadis Gardens - Alexandria


Antoniadis Gardens is one of the oldest parks in Alexandria and one of the most important monuments that explain tourism in Alexandria with the beauty of its roses, trees, and statues. These gardens were designed in more than one style such as the Greek, Italian, and Roman style, and they contain many types of trees, plants, and rare flowers.

There are also some statues made of marble that belong to the world celebrities in ancient times, such as Christopher Columbus, as well as some statues that embody the four seasons, and include the "Antoniadis" theatre, which established the evacuation treaty in ancient times.


Antoniadis Gardens link  (Wikipedia)



Alexandria by night

San Stefano - Alexandria
San Stefano - Alexandria


Alexandria by night
Alexandria by night

Stanely Bridge - Alexandria
Stanely Bridge - Alexandria

Alexandria by night
Alexandria by night

Alexandria by night
Alexandria by night


Alexandria Climate




May-Oct is very dry and warm, with Jun–Aug being the peak travel time. Nov–Apr is mild, with the most rain occurring Dec–Jan.

Source: NOAA




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