"Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" fort of Qaitbey Tip by kenmerk

fort of Qaitbey, Alexandria: 41 reviews and 87 photos

  Fort Qaitbey, Alexandria
by kenmerk

At present, only one of the famed seven wonders of the ancient world still exist, which is the Great Pyramids of Giza. However, Egypt also boasted another of the ancient wonders, which was the Lighthouse of Pharos in Alexandria, which was build in 238 BC.

Unfortunately the great lighthouse was felled by an earthquake in the 14th century, and even more unfortunately, this ugly fort (Fort Qaitbey), was built on its foundation, presumably with some of the fallen material from the lighthouse.

Now if I was a member of the Egypt tourist planning board, I think I'd propose to knock the fort down, and rebuild the lighthouse per its original design. That would add considerably to the Alexandria waterfront. (Images of the original lighthouse survive to this day in the form of Venitian artists renderings and elsewhere...)

Just an idea...

Address: eastern of alexandria-Anfushi area

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  • Written Jan 3, 2004
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