Alexandria Sights and Landmarks Guide, Egypt
Alexandria is known for its beautiful and amazing tourist destination. Lots of the tourist attractions here are very historic and will give you an exciting view and great impression of the place. Alexandria is known for its remarkably most visited places.
Abou el-Abbas al-Mursi mosque, Bahary in Alexandria is one of the most famous and historic mosques and was built in 1775 by Algerians. Its walls were designed in artificial rock while the minaret which stands 73 meters is located on the south side and it has four sections with an Ayoubids design. The minaret’s top is roofed with brass and a moon Islamic finale. The mosque has two main doorways and the interior walls are designed also in artificial rock, they use 16 columns of Italian granite to support the ceiling, which in turn hold the arches. At the end of the column Mohamed’s name was written on it in Kufique style and their main rule in Islam is printed twice at the mihrab escort, which is “There is no god except Allah and Mohammed is the prophet of Allah.” They made the regulations also on the quarters of the special reserve for women with the personal entrance so that they can perform spiritual rites.
Other places like the Citadel of Qait Bey, Ras el-Tin is known for its wonderful setting of the city built by Mameluke Sultan Abdul-Nasser Qait Bey in 1477 AD, but was demolished and redeveloped twice. Sultan Qaitbey built this citadel in 1477 at the site of the Pharos Lighthouse to guard the city from the crusaders, who used to attack the city.
The cemetery of Mostafa Kamel is one of the historic tourist attractions in Alexandria. This cemetery has four mausoleums from the second century BC, which has an exceptional form and is designed very well. Mostafa Kamel was one of Egypt’s greatest politician of the twentieth century and he was the one who said the well known phrase: “If I was not born as an Egyptian, I would like to be an Egyptian.”
The famous Biblioteca Alexandrina, East of the Corniche opens daily at 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM except on Tuesdays, but during Fridays and Saturdays it only opens at 3:00 PM. Bibliotheca Alexandrina has a modern library and a center for research built on the site of the former Library of Alexandria. This has also a large Conference center and Planetarium Center.
The Graeco-Roman Museum, Kom-el-Shuqqafa is one of the eye-catching kinds of catacombs with an attractive combination of Roman and Egyptian iconography. To have the best view, visit this place in the morning or late afternoon when no one can distract you. This place is muddy so it’s better to carry sturdy shoes and flashlight.
Abbas II of Egypt Abbas Hilmi Pasha built Montaza Palace, El Montaza in 1892 and he was the last khedive of Egypt. It was one of the most famous palace buildings, the Haramlek has a casino on the ground floor and on the upper part it has a museum of royal artifacts while the Salamlek has been renewed into an elegant hotel.
Everyone says that Egypt is full of mysterious but exciting places to visit. Alexandria is just one of these places that offers you just that. Never miss out on these places when you can have the chance to explore such a mysterious city.
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