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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

    Business 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/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 | 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 | Notable Building

    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 | 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

    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 | 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


    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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