History Loved or Unloved? Qaitbay Castle in Alexandria Egypt

A year ago today I first arrived in Egypt. I was so excited to visit old places that I grew up reading in books. Arriving there with my husband in Alexandria gave me a sense longing to have a view of the past and relive the the past.

First stop for us is the closed from home, the Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria, Egypt. Home of Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa’it Bay and located on the Mediterranean sea coast has successfully defended Egypt from invaders during the 15th Century.Front view of the Citadel20131021_131323

The citadel is a beauty and I was awed with what I have seen inside. The building itself is still functioning even after the long years that has passed. I took lots of pictures from the outside and inside the citadel. It was surrounded by a wall and the canons are still there.

One observation I have seen is that the place is no longer well maintained. Garbage are just thrown in the corners and some books or leaflets for tourist are full of dust and no one cares anymore to arrange or give them out.

What broke my heart literally are the vandalism on the wall as shown on the picture below.


I think historical places like this should be taken cared more not only by the government but also by the people. Respect of history should be instilled to everyone especially the young ones.

My trip there was great, made me learn a lot about the place and made me appreciate its architecture.


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