Alexandria Sights

Alexandria has grown so rapidly in the last 50 years that it now runs along the coastline from the Western Harbor all the way to Montazah, a distance of more than 16 km (10 mi). It is, nonetheless, a great walking city because the historic Downtown occupies a compact area near the Eastern Harbor, while the ancient sights are a short taxi ride away.

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Brazilian Coffee Stores

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Little has changed since this stand-up espresso bar opened in 1929, as you can see from the foot-traffic patterns worn into the tile...

Catacombs of Kom al-Shoqafa

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

This is the most impressive of Alexandria's ancient remains, dating from the 2nd century AD. Excavation started in 1892, and the catacombs...

Fort Qayt Bay

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

This sandstone fort lies on the very tip of the Corniche, dominating the view of the Eastern Harbor. It was built on the site of Alexandria...

Grand Trianon

  • Building/Architectural Site

One of Alexandria's most stylish institutions since it opened in the 1920s, the Grand Trianon remains a forum for courtship, gossip,...

Kom al-Dikka

  • Arts/Performance Venue

The focal point of this excavated section of the ancient city is a well-preserved amphitheater—the only one of its kind in Egypt—originally...

Montazah Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

When the descendents of Mohammed Ali became khedives (princes) of Egypt in the mid-18th century, they began to surround themselves...

Pompey's Pillar

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Despite being Alexandria's most famous tourist sight, Pompey's Pillar is a disappointment. After all, it's just a granite pillar—albeit...

St. Mark's Pro-Cathedra

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

St. Mark's Pro-Cathedral. After St. Mark visited Alexandria in AD 49, the city became an early Christian outpost, building its first...

The Battlefield and Monuments of El Alamein

  • Museum/Gallery

The desert west of Alexandria was the field of one of the decisive battles of World War II. In 1942, the British Eighth Army led by General...

The Cavafy Museum

  • Library/Archive

The writer Constantine Cavafy was ignored during his lifetime but has received international recognition since his death in 1933. His...