Monday, April 12, 2004

Fort Qaitbey

Fort Qaitbey stands on the site of the much more famous Pharos Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The lighthouse was brought down by earthquake in 1303 AD. In about 1480 AD, Mamluk Sultan Qaitbey ordered the construction of the a fort and mosque at the lighthouse site. Naturally, debris from the Pharos was used, and you can pick out some great pillars of red granite which in all likelihood came from the ancient lighthouse.

In front of the Fort Qaitbey, as when we reached there, it had already close. There was a lot of people everywhere, as today was a public holiday in Egypt.


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