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Alexandria Photo Gallery

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The New City Gate
Built in 1999, the new City Gate on the Desert Road is located at the toll station 30 km outside the city limits. The new gate celebrates the Greco-Roman heritage of the city in its style.
The Eastern Harbor
Historically known as the Great Harbor, the Eastern Harbor was once the main port of Egypt. Now, it is used mainly for recreational purposes, and as a marina for fishing boats. The general landscape of the harbor in the nineteenth century looked very similar.
The Fort of Qaitbay
It was built in 1480 on the ruins of the Alexandria Lighthouse to repel raiders from the Mediterranean. The medieval-style Fort was named after the Mamelouk Sultan Qaitbay, and is considered one of Alexandria's landmarks.
Horreya Avenue, from Bab Sharki to Ibrahimeya
Despite a change in appearance over the years, this avenue is as old as Alexandria itself. During the time of Alexander and the Ptolemies it was called the Canopic Street. On the left are Alexandria University and Nasr Boys Schools. On the right are Nasser Hospital, the Medical Research Institute, and Manara Cemetery.
The Flower Clock Square at Al-Shallalat
This spot of the Canopic Street marks the eastern boundary of Ptolemaic Alexandria. It was here that the Gate of the Sun and the city walls were located. To the west is the fancy area of the Quartier Grec, a.k.a. Bab Sharqi. Further north is the site of Cleopatra's Palace.
The Faculty of Engineering building
Built in the mid 1900's, the Alexandria University Engineering building is an architectural masterpiece. The design of its façade is similar to that of ancient Egyptian temples, with high columns and granite steps.
Saad Zaghloul Square
Also known as Raml Station, it is the city's downtown square . Cleopatra's needles once stood here. The statue of the Twentieth Century leader celebrates Saad Zaghloul's successful attempt to unify the Egyptian people in 1919 against the British. The renovated historic Cecil Hotel can also be seen in the background. Here is an astonishingly different early 19th century picture of the area.
From Raml Station to Silsila
Raml Station is the city's modern downtown. The Temple of Caesarion stood here. The promontory of Silsila (upper left) is the site of the Ptolemaic Palace (A project is underway to rebuild the Library at the same location). Also in the picture are the W.H.O. East Mediterranean Regional office, and the Al-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque.
Main railway station (Masr Station)
The historic building has been recently renovated. A panoramic view of the Station Square shows a modern statue (to the right) which commemorates the 1952 revolution. Nearby are the Roman Amphitheatre (only discovered in 1963) and the main crossroad of the ancient city (believed to be Alexander's burial place).
Mansheya Square
Located at the old Turkish Quarter, Mansheya or Al Tahrir is Alexandria's main square. Recently renovated, the Square features a statue of Mohamed Ali, Egypt's viceroy in the early 18th Century. To the left is the courthouse, formerly known as the mixte tribunal.
The Unknown Soldier Monument at Mansheya
The monument is erected in honor of Egyptian soldiers who gave their life in defense of the country. It is located on the sea front in Mansheya, Alexandria's main square.
The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
Situated in Saad Zaghloul Square, this building's architecture follows the Graeco-Roman style, common in early Twentieth Century Alexandrian architecture.
Al-Mursi Abul-Abbas mosque in Al-Anfushi
Situated in Al-Anfushi, this Andalusian-style mosque is the largest in the city. It was originally built by an Islamic scholar from Murcia (now in Spain), redesigned in the 1940's by an Italian architect, and recently renovated.
Collège St. Marc
The "college" is a French school run by the Catholic brothers of St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle. It stands close to the site of the long-vanished Church and Oratory of St. Mark.
Miamy beach
The white-sand beach is located in the eastern part of the city. Named after the American city (Miami), it is one of many public beaches of Alexandria.
Montazah beach
This resort was part of the former royal family summer residence. It is now accessible to the public for a minimal fee. Known for its tranquillity, the beach is protected by breakwaters.
Palestine hotel at Montazah
The hotel was originally built for an Arab League meeting in the 1950's. It is one of the fanciest in the city.
Montazah palace gardens
These gardens cover an area of 370 feddans of trees, palms, and flowers. The area also includes a museum, several natural bays and beaches, a tourist center, restaurants, bungalows, and a children's park.
Al-Haramlek palace in Montazah
Built on a low plateau east of Alexandria and overlooking a beautiful beach amid about 370 feddans of gardens and woods, Montazah comprises a number of buildings, the most important being Al-Haramlek (shown in the photo) and Al-Salamlek (now an upscale restaurant). Formerly the official summer residence of Egypt's King, Al-Haramlek is now a presidential palace. Its unique architecture combines Islamic, and European elements.
Downtown at sunset, viewed from Cleopatra Beach
Situated a few kilometers east of downtown, Cleopatra beach is named after the Egyptian Queen. Further east lies the promontory of Glym, one of many belvedere spots where a similar picture was taken. The silhouette on the horizon is that of Mansheya and the promontory of Ras-El-Tin.
Andalus Tower in Agami
The Andalus Tower was constructed in 1999 as part of the revival campaign of Alexandria. It is located at Km-21 along the North Coast Road which connects Alexandria to Matrouh. The tower is approximately 18 m tall and is of Andalusian/North African style. It is located at the crossroads of Cairo, Alexandria, and the North Coast which connects Egypt with North Africa.

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