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Built by the Alexander the Great, Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt also called as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”. It is called as such because it has the atmosphere which is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern. The ambience of this city and its cultural heritage is interestingly distinct from the rest of Egypt although it is only 225 kilometers away from Cairo.
 
 
Alexandria, Egypt is a must-see for the history-lover. It was the capital of the Graeco-Roman Egypt and was the beacon of culture represented by the Pharos, the Legendary Lighthouse (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World). This was also the setting of the infamous romance of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra.
 
THE CITADEL OF QAITBEY
 
The Citadel of Qaitbey is a fortress located on the edge of the Mediterranean, and was built on the ruins of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria. Standing on the foundations of one of the famous “Seven Wonders of the World” is the Qaitbey Citadel, Alexandria, Egypt.
 
 
This fortress is seated upon the exact location of the Lighthouse of Alexandria which was completely eliminated by several earthquakes over the centuries, beginning in the 800s and continuing to the eleventh century. By the fourteenth century the entire site had been destroyed and the Mamluk Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitbay decided to use the location as a defensive fort.
 
A castle was constructed on the location, with a mosque contained inside of it, and it continued to work its defensive wonders well into the 1800s. The Qaitbey Citadel did experience years of decline and neglect, but was taken in hand by the Egyptian Supreme Counsel of Antiquities within the last century and is now fully restored and open for visitation.
 
THE NEW LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA
 
Today visitors can tour the New Library of Alexandria. When the world lost the original Alexandria Library it was truly a tragedy since it housed some of the most well-known and earliest manuscripts in the world... Many people have seen the famous films made about Cleopatra, each depicting her heartbreak at hearing the news of the destruction of her hometown’s famous library, and there is yet to be a performance which would adequately capture the Queen’s true despair.
 
 
When the world lost the original Library of Alexandria it was truly a tragedy since it housed some of the most well-known and earliest manuscripts in the world, in fact some books and works disappeared forever in the fire. When the new Library of Alexandria, or Bibliotheca Alexandrina, opened its doors in 2002 it was if the world could finally recover from that much earlier loss.
 
The Montazah Palace
 
 
Though the gardens are a part of the more than three hundred and fifty acre grounds of the large royal home known as the Muntazah Palace, the Montazah Royal Gardens take up more than half of the property.The palace was constructed in the 1800s by Abbas II, and though additions have been made to the impressive structure (including two hotels) the majority of the area is free to use by the people of the city.
 
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