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CITADEL OF QAITBAY
— SUNDAY 6 JANUARY 2008 — ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT — 1480 CE —

Not much of a tour this time, we were let out of the van to wander and make photography.

 

The Citadel was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


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Two earthquakes in 1303 and 1323 completely destroyed the entire Lighthouse.

About 1480 A.D, the Mameluke Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitbay fortified the place as part of his coastal defensive edifices against the Turks, who were threatening Egypt at that time. He built the castle and placed a Mosque inside it.

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Mohammed Ali in 1805 renovated the old Citadel, restoring and repairing its outer ramparts, and he provided the stronghold with the most modern weapons of the period, particularly the littoral cannons.


photography by Janice

Janice found these young women playing with their mobile phones.


photography by Janice

photography by Janice

 

     
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