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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Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This attractive mosque was built during World War II over the tomb of a 13th-century holy man, who is the patron saint of the city's...

Alexandria National Museum

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

A small but high-quality collection of artifacts includes items found under the waters of the Western Harbor during recent marine archaeological...

Anfushi Tombs

  • Cemetery

You need to have a fairly serious death fetish to make the effort to see these 3rd century BC Ptolemaic tombs. Although built on a smaller...

Attarine Market

  • Market/Bazaar

This area acquired its reputation in the 1960s as the place where the high-quality antiques sold by fleeing foreigners resurfaced. Those...

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

  • Library/Archive

This monumental, $190 million, UNESCO-sponsored project began with an instinctively appealing idea: to resurrect the Great Library of...

Brazilian Coffee Stores

  • Store/Shop/Mall

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...