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  • Address: Alexandria Harbor, Alexandria, Egypt

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Lighthouse of Alexandria Tours

Famously one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Lighthouse of Alexandria was the world’s first ever lighthouse, constructed in the 3rd century BC by Ptolemy I. An incredible architectural achievement of its time, the lighthouse took over two decades to complete and, at 450 feet (137 meters) tall, ranked among the world’s tallest structures for centuries after. It stood as a commanding force in Alexandria’s harbor for hundreds of years before being destroyed by a series of earthquakes that sent huge stones into the bay.

Today, almost nothing remains of the former world wonder, although the seaside Citadel of Qaitbay was built in its place using lighthouse ruins in 1480. The well-preserved medieval fortress offers visitors great views of Alexandria’s skyline and out to sea, plus the knowledge of its location’s historical significance. Travelers can walk the ramparts and wander the staircases while keeping an eye out for granite details that may have come from the lighthouse. In addition, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities has recently approved plans to reconstruct the ancient landmark, but details of the project are yet to be released.

Practical Info

The Lighthouse of Alexandria was located at the tip of Alexandria’s harbor. Today, the Citadel of Qaitbay stands in its place on Pharos Island and is open daily from 8am-5pm. Admission to the citadel is E£30.

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Private Alexandria Highlights Guided Day Tour, Alexandria, null
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Private Alexandria Highlights Guided Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Pressed for time? Discover the highlights of Alexandria, ancient and modern, with this intensive 8-hour private tour. Visit the catacombs, the Roman ...  Read more

Location: Alexandria, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.00
Alexandria Day Tour from Cairo, Cairo, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Alexandria Day Tour from Cairo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Enjoy your full-day trip to Alexandria city from Cairo.explore Alexandria with your guide who will talk about the history of Romans in Egypt Dating back to the ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Morning Alexandria Day Tour from Cairo, Cairo, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Morning Alexandria Day Tour from Cairo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

Alexandria, city of Alexander and capital of Egypt for a thousand years. until 30 B.C. it was the biggest city of the world, then it was second only to Rome. ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.75
Private day tour to Alexandria From Cairo, Cairo, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private day tour to Alexandria From Cairo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This private tour is the one for visiting Alexandria, city of Alexander the Great, that was the capital of Egypt for more 1000 years, you will visit the ...  Read more

Location: Alexandria, Egypt
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.01

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