Fort Qaitbey (also known as Citadel of Qait Bey or Qaitbay) is a fortress along the Mediterranean coast in Alexandria, located on the ruins of the famous Pharos lighthouse. Fort Qaitbey was built starting from 1480 under the Mameluke Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitbay for the purpose of fortifying the coast against the Ottoman Turks. Fort Qaitbey consists of a set of external walls which surround an inner court and a castle-like structure. The interior of the fort has some impressive architecture and offers good views of Alexandria and the sea.

01 Citadel of Qaitbay 02 Qaitbay fortress entrance 03 Qaitbay fortress
04 Qaitbay fortress 05 Tower 06 Inner wall 07 Citadel of Qaitbey 08 Ceiling
09 Staircase 10 Hallway 11 Hallway 12 Barred window 13 Barred windows
14 Corridor 15 Embrasures 16 Embrasure 17 Hallway 18 Barred windows
19 Qaitbay citadel with inner court
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