alexandria

Alexandria

Alexandria is Egypt’s second largest city, its largest seaport, the country’s window onto the Mediterranean Sea and a place you really need to visit. You can get pretty much anywhere by using the local transportation available along the Corniche. The Corniche is a glorious 15km walkway along the harbour dotted with restaurants, markets and historic sights.

There are a lot of things that you should visit. Citadel of Qaitbay (2nd image) is a monument that should be your priority while visiting Alexandria. The fortress overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and the city itself. It was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria. Cemetery of Mostafa Kamel is also worth visiting. The cemetery includes four tombs dating from the second century BC, all of which are in excellent condition and beautifully decorated. You should definitely visit the Alexandria National Museum. This museum contains more than 1800 archaeological pieces exhibited chronologically: the basement is devoted to Prehistoric and Pharonic times; first floor to the Graeco-Roman period; second floor to the Coptic and Islamic era that highlights artifacts raised during recent underwater excavations.

We also recommend you visit the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (3rd and 4th image), a huge modern library and research center constructed on the site of the former Library of Alexandria. It is open daily except Tuesday 11 AM to 7:00 PM, but opens only at 3 PM on Friday and Saturday. It has also a big conference center and a planetarium, as well as displays of ancient texts from the collection and other special exhibitions. After getting around the city we recommend you take a calming walk by the beautiful Corniche by the Mediterranean Sea.

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