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The Most Beautiful 7 Places in Alexandria (Egypt)

Updated on April 5, 2019
The Most Beautiful 7 Places in Alexandria (Egypt)
The Most Beautiful 7 Places in Alexandria (Egypt)

What Do You Know About Alexandria?

Alexandria was built by Alexander the Great. In ancient times, Alexandria was the capital of Egypt and since then it has been named the bride of the Mediterranean. It is considered the second largest city in Egypt after Cairo.

Alexandria has many unique tourist attractions like Pillar of masts, Qaitbay Castle, the Greco-Roman Museum and Royal Jewelry, which contains 11,000 pieces of the most valuable jewelry of royal families in Egypt since the reign of Mohammed Ali Pasha until the era of Farouk I. In the next few lines, you can get to know the most beautiful places to visit in Alexandria.

Library of Alexandria

Library of Alexandria
Library of Alexandria

Library of Alexandria is one of the most famous tourist places in the city of Alexandria, which is characterized by large space and the splendor of its design. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina was opened in its new format in 2002 and it was named the Great Library. Here are the best activities you can do in the New Library of Alexandria:

  • Visiting the Rare Books Library, which contains a huge collection of books that were printed before 1920.
  • Visiting the Map Library, which has about 7,000 maps covering all over the world.
  • There are also libraries for children, the blind and the visually impaired.

It is worth mentioning that the main purpose of this great edifice "Bibliotheca Alexandrina" is to help everyone enter into a new era of knowledge and information technology.

Roman Amphitheatre (Roman Theatre)

It is one of the monuments of the Roman era and was built at the beginning of the fourth century AD. The Roman Amphitheatre is located in Kom El Dekka and it is now considered one of the most important tourist places in Alexandria.

The Roman Amphitheatre can accommodate about 600 people and it is made of pink granite. In the Roman era it was named the "Theater Street", where the building was used as a lounge to listen to music. This place is now used as a tourist attraction in addition to holding cultural events in the presence of the most important international teams as well as the establishment of several artistic festivals.

Antoniadis Gardens

Antoniadis Gardens
Antoniadis Gardens

It is one of the oldest gardens in Alexandria. These gardens are designed on more than one model, such as Greek, Italian and Roman. Antoniadis Gardens contain many types of trees, plants and rare flowers. As well as some statues made of marble which embody some of the world's most famous people in antiquity such as Christopher Columbus and Vasco de Gama.

It should be noted that there is a theater of the same name "Antoniadis Theater". In addition to Al Nozha Park and Rose garden designed by the French engineer "Dishon", which its area 5 acres and there is a water fountain with a marble statue.

Ras Al Teen Palace

Ras Al Teen Palace is one of the oldest palaces in Egypt overlooking the Mediterranean coast. The construction of this palace began in 1834 and was completed in 1845. However, the palace was officially opened in 1847. The palace was built in the European style, which was common at the time. This area contained a large number of fig trees (in Arabic: Teen trees), so it was named by that name.

The palace of Ras Al Teen was rebuilt in the era of King Fouad in a style consistent with the spirit of the modern era by the Italian architect Firouche and the engineer Hassan Pasha El Adawi. No longer exists from the old palace, except the eastern door that was incorporated into the new palace building and consists of 6 columns made of granite, topped by Egyptian crowns. The palace of Ras Al Teen was one of the most important royal palaces, where it was a summer residence for rulers throughout the ages who move to it every year during the summer.

Cleopatra Palace

If you are a dive enthusiast, you can enjoy watching the Cleopatra Palace, one of the most famous sunken monuments in the world. Many believe the palace was built on an island that was drowned after a strong earthquake struck the coast of Alexandria more than 1,400 years ago. On the other hand, some American scientists confirmed that the sinking of the palace occurred as a result of flooding of the Nile.

In addition, the gate of the ancient Isis Temple and the tomb of Queen Cleopatra were discovered. Moreover, the experts discovered many high-value sunken artifacts that were described as spectacular. There is also a project to create the world's first underwater museum that will allow visitors to discover the underwater world and the sunken effects of the past 10 years. The project won the international competition in 2007 and UNESCO decided to establish it in cooperation with the Egyptian government.

Qaitbay Citadel

Qaitbay Citadel
Qaitbay Citadel

The Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria, one of the largest and oldest Egyptian castles, remains of the Mamluk era until now. It is located in the north of the city of Rashid with a distance of 7 kilometers. The construction of Qaitbay Castle was started in (882 AH/ 1477 AD) and it was completed in (884 AH/1479 AD), during the reign of Sultan Al-Ashraf Abu Al-Nasr Qaitbay.

The castle was built on the borders of the ancient island of Pharos, in the same place as the ancient Manar of Alexandria, which was destroyed in 702 AH following the devastating earthquake that took place during the reign of Sultan Al-Nasir Muhammad Ibn Qalawun. The Qaitbay Castle is about 17550 square meters and it is surrounded by sea on three sides.

Africano Park

It is the first and largest open animal park in Egypt. There is a place in the garden called "Bird House" where you can see the most beautiful birds such as the parrots. There, you can also enjoy watching monkeys and ostriches. If you are a fan of adventure, you should visit Africano Park, where you will be able to drive your car among many wonderful wildlife that behave as if they were in their natural habitat. And in those interesting moments do not forget to take pictures of you and your family in this wonderful place.

Conclusion

At the end of the article, we can say that Alexandria is one of the most beautiful cities in Egypt. In addition, it is the kingdom of exotic and historical cuisine. One of the most popular foods you can enjoy in Alexandria: Molokhia with shrimp, Alexandrian liver, Sayadiya and Hawashi on the Alexandrian way. As for desserts, do not forget to eat the Alexandrian Harissa, one of the most famous sweets there and Hijaziyah which is not widely available in the provinces and it is a kind of sweets that characterize Alexandria. If you want to have a fun time with your family or friends, try traveling to the charming city of Alexandria.

Read also: https://hubpages.com/travel/Places-You-Should-Visit-in-Egypt

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      NZ Nana 

      11 months ago

      Hi Liz Westwood, you are welcome

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      Liz Westwood 

      11 months ago from UK

      I have learned a lot about Alexandria from your informative and well-illustrated article.

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