Drive from Cairo during your Cairo day tours to explore the highlights of the beautiful city of Alexandria. Explore the Catacombs of Kom El Shaqafa, the Citadel of Qaitbay, the Pompey’s Pillar, and the Library of Alexandria. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Egypt day tours.
One-day trips in Alexandria with Happy Egypt are a blast! You can visit the iconic Alexandria Library, explore the stunning Montaza Palace, and take a stroll along the beautiful Corniche. Don't miss the chance to see the impressive Citadel of Qaitbay too! Happy Egypt is your ideal choice for one-day trips and enjoying the many attractions in Alexandria.
Your guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel to start your three-hour journey to Alexandria.
Alexandria is the second-largest city of Egypt with a population of more than 15 million people. It was the capital of Egypt during the Graeco-Roman period and the center of the Hellenistic civilization for about 500 years. During your Egypt day tour , you can visit attractions in Alexandria such as:
Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa:
Archeologists believe that the Catacomb of Kom el Shoqafa was started in the 2nd century A.D. and was used to intern the dead for the next 200 years. This was a period in the history of the city of Alexandria when there was a great mixture of different cultures. Of course, there was the ancient history of the great Egyptian kingdoms which went back thousands of years. Also in 332 B.C. Alexander the Great had conquered the land, established the city of Alexandria and started a dynasty of Greek rulers who brought their own culture to the metropolis. Finally, in 31 B.C. the Romans took control of the city and added their traditions. Happy Egypt gives you the opportunity to know that
The Citadel of Qaitbay:
The citadel of Qaitbay was built in 1477 AD by Sultan Al-Ashraf Seif El-Din Qaitbay.
The citadel was built on the site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, which was one of the seven wonders of the Ancient world.
Sultan Qaitbay was born in 1423 AD. He was a Mamluke bought by Al-Ashraf Bersbay. Then Sultan Djamqaq bought him and give him freedom. Qaitbay occupied various posts. He was the chief of the army during the rule of Sultan Tamar Bougha. When Sultan was dethroned, Qaitbay was appointed as a Sultan in 1468 AD and ruled for about 29 years.
Qaitbay was fond of art and architecture. The construction of this citadel started in 882 AH. Know more information during your trip to alexandria from Cairo.
Pompey’s pillar is a Roman column in Alexandria and the largest of its type constructed outside of the imperial capitals of Rome and Constantinople. The column was made of Aswan granite. It is about 27 m high.You will be provided with a lot of information during your Cairo day tours.
The column was built in 297 AD, commemorating the victory of the Roman Emperor Diocletian over an Alexandrian revolt. It is wrongly dated to Pompey.
The Library of Alexandria:
It is one of the largest libraries in the world and is one of the largest Alexandria sightseeing that you can visit. Located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria, which was lost in antiquity, and an attempt to revive something of the brilliance that this former center of study represented. The library was officially inaugurated in 2002. It contains books in Arabic, English, and French.
In 2010, the library received a donation of 500,000 books from the National Library of France. The library as well has a very important Internet Archive Partnership to preserve heritage for future generations and to provide universal access to human knowledge. The library provides access to print-on-demand books via Espresso Book Machine.
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