All Egyptians, or even tourists who spend their vacations in Egypt, believe that Alexandria is a city that enjoys its own type of magic where many locals spend their summer vacations and several others explore the city in the winter when Alexandria has its own marvelous ambience.Today we will be highlighting some of the most interesting monuments in Alexandria that should be explored by travelers who tour Egypt.
The Library of Alexandria
Considered as one of the largest reading institutions in the world, the Library of Alexandria hosts more than 8 million books. Constructed in 2002, the Library of Alexandria welcomes several travelers who tour Egypt daily.
The Library of Alexandria is actually the modern version of the ancient library of Alexandria that we established by the Ptolemies in the 3rd century BC that was damaged afterwards during the 1st century AD. The library hosts four museums for antiquities, the history of science, ancient manuscripts, and one museum dedicated to the former Egyptian president, Anwar El Sadat. While in Alexandria tourists who visit Egypt should always pay the library a visit.
The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa
The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa is in fact the largest and most mysterious Greco-Roman necropolis in Egypt. Discovered by coincidence in 1900, the tombs hosts hundreds of tombs that are featured by the interesting blend between the Roman and the ancient Egyptian arts and architecture. Travelers who spend their vacations in Egypt should never miss the chance to explore the secrets of this ancient burial site.
The Qaitbey Fort
One of the most remarkable landmarks of the city of Alexandria, the Qaitbey Fort is one of the items that are commonly included in all travel packages to Egypt. Constructed in the 15th century by the Mamluk Sultan Qaitbey, the fort is one of the best examples of military constructions during the Islamic period in Egypt. The fort is in a fine-preserved state. This makes the visit quite enjoyable for tourists and Egyptians.
The Roman Amphitheatre
The Roman Amphitheatre is the only example of its type in Egypt. Constructed around the 7th century AD, the theatre or odium to be more precise was discovered in 1959 by mere chance. The complex consists of 13 rows of marble seating that is able to accommodate more than 800 spectators.
There is also a small yet remarkable open-air museum and the Villa of the Birds that date back to the Roman period and it is popular for its wonderful mosaics art. Travelers who tour Egypt should always take the chance while in Alexandria and visit the Roman Amphitheatre.
The Mosque of Abu El Abbas El Mursi
The mosque is one of the largest and most popular mosques of Alexandria. It was constructed in 1775 over the place where one of the most important Imams of Alexandria, Abu El Abbas El Mursi, was buried. Featured with its marvelous facade, four ornamented domes, Mashrabeya screens and arts, and its distinctive minarets. Alexandria has some of the most notable Islamic monuments in that travelers who tour Egypt would love to explore.