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Few cities on the planet offer so many cultural riches as does Alexandria. Equally Mediterranean and Egyptian, the port and former capital of Greco-Roman Egypt was founded by Alexander the Great over 2300 years ago. One of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Lighthouse of Alexandria welcomed sailors to the great city for over 1700 years. Today, visitors can enjoy Alexandria's rich history at the Citadel of Qaitbay (where some of the stones used in construction came from the lighthouse), Roman Catacombs, a Roman Theatre and a stunning recreation of the great library of Alexandria. To see the birthplace of Coptic Christianity, visit the St. Mark Orthodox Cathedral, on the site where St. Mark (yes, the one from the Bible) founded a church in 60 AD. Stick with ancient civilizations for a visit to the incomparable Alexandria National Museum and the Graeco-Roman Museum. Or come back to this century and wile away a relaxing vacation day on Alexandria's beaches or on the grass at Montazah Royal Gardens. Alexandria is heavily touristed, so can be crowded in high season, but hotels are plentiful and well-priced and there's a restaurant for every budget.
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  • AlexandriaPro 2014
    Leigh Virkus
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    3 Jan 04, 2014

    We went to this port city as an entry to Cairo. The location of the port is not that great but the city itself is very nice. The drive to Cairo is quite long so make sure you plan accordingly.

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    Ann.peter
    5 Jan 04, 2014

    Alexandria is the second-largest city of Egypt, with a population of 4.1 million, extending about 32 km (20 mi) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. It is also the largest city lying directly on the Mediterranean coast. Alexandria is Egypt's largest seaport, serving approximately 80% of Egypt's imports and exports. Alexandria is also an important tourist resort. It is home to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (the new Library of Alexandria). It is an important industrial center because of its natural gas and oil pipelines from Suez,i visited Alexandria,Egypt with alltoursegypt.com

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  • AlexandriaPro 2014
    Joseph Coureur
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    4 Jan 04, 2014

    Alexandria is right on the water and the home of quite a bit of history, including the ancient library (no longer there) and the Lighthouse, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. There's good diving, too, but I didn't get a chance to do that.

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    Warren Notschaele
    4 Jan 04, 2014

    Worked here back in 2003. Stayed at the Sheraton Montaza.
    The city is a lot cleaner than Cairo. Every room at the had a great view of the Med sea from my hotel room.

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    Mark Waldron
    5 Jan 04, 2014

    Visit after Cairo; will seem like a breath of fresh air after the chaos of Cairo. New Library is incredible, plan 3-4 hours minimum and start with the guided tour. Mantazah Palace and Gardens are also beautiful and take time to walk by the sea. Highly recommend lunch at Fish Market-Tikki Grill restaurant on the harbor. Excellent fish and awesome harbor views.

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    Lee
    5 Jan 04, 2014

    Waterfront is fascinating, especially on local holidays when people bring picnics to the tourist seaside area- a great mix of locals and sight-seeing people from all over the world. Armed guards at mosques will offer to show you around, guide you; avoid them because when they are finished with you they will place one hand on a revolver and outstretch the other hand for your cash - and they don't accept just a few Euros! If you're with a guided tour, make your tour guide go in with you, b/c some tour guides are in partnership with the "guards".

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    Mohamed Mahomed
    1 Jan 04, 2014
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    3 Jan 04, 2014
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    Ahmed Salah
    5 Jan 04, 2014

    أحبك يا اسكندرية

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    Adel Elkhateeb
    5 Jan 16, 2013

    he's my best

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