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  • 1. Bibliotheca Alexandrina

    Chatby | Educational Institution

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

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  • 2. Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque

    El Anfushi | 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 fishermen...Read More

  • 3. Alexandria National Museum

    El Shallalat | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 4. Anfushi Tombs

    El Anfushi | 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 scale...Read More

  • 5. Attarine Market

    Commercial District

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

  • 6. Brazilian Coffee Shop

    Mahatet El Raml | 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 floor....Read More

  • 7. Catacombs of Kom al-Shoqafa

    Karmouz | 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 were...Read More

  • 8. Fort Qayt Bay

    El Anfushi | 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...Read More

  • 9. Grand Trianon

    Mahatet El Raml | 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, and rediscovery...Read More

  • 10. Greco-Roman Museum

    Raml Station | Museum/Gallery

    This museum was founded in 1895 and contains the best of the pieces found at Pompey's Pillar—including a statue of the Apis Bull—and two statues...Read More

  • 11. Kom al-Dikka

    Kon al-Dikka | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    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...Read More

  • 12. Montazah Gardens

    Montazah | Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 13. Pompey's Pillar

    Karmouz | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Despite being Alexandria's most famous tourist sight, Pompey's Pillar is a disappointment. After all, it's just a granite pillar—albeit at 88...Read More

  • 14. St. Mark's Pro-Cathedra

    Manshiya | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    After St. Mark visited Alexandria in AD 49, the city became an early Christian outpost, building its first cathedral by AD 282. This church...Read More

  • 15. 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...Read More

  • 16. The Cavafy Museum

    Mahatet El Raml | Library/Archive

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

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