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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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...

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

  • Cemetery

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

Grand Trianon

  • Restaurant–Sight

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

  • Building/Architectural Site

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

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

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...