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Alexandria



Alexandria
Introduction

1. Fishing boats

2. The undulating corniche

3. Catacombs

4. Roman Amphitheatre

5. Villa of Birds

6. Pompey's Pillar and Serapeum

7. Fort Qaitbey

8. Library of Alexandria

9. Construction of the Library

10. Graeco-Roman Museum

11. Sunken city

12. Montazah Palace Gardens

13. Coptic Cathedral

14. The mosques

15. Synagogue

16. A touch of the old world

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ALEXANDRIA
The undulating corniche

Corniche of Alexandria, Egypt


Corniche of Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria is unbelievably long. Most visitors walk the streets and see the sea from the western area of Manshiya; which also is the true city centre. But east of the new library, a new row of houses appear just as long as the one of Manshiya. And it continues beyond this too.
If you have a lot of time, you could walk the entire stretch, starting at Fort Qaitbey and ending at Montazah. The 20 or so kilometres should be done in 3-4 hours. Or you could hire a taxi for the ride, preferably going from Montazah, which allows you to see the beach stretches.
I found it impressive, although not many of the seafront houses looked as nice as they ought to. But the total is great, and the road undulates along the cliffs and the several beaches. I thought to myself that I had started to understand why Egyptians are so crazy about this city.
Corniche of Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria in late November. It is chilly, windy and the waves unfriendly. But the water is warm enough for a swim, should you really want to.

Corniche of Alexandria, Egypt

And this is in the month of April. This is perhaps the finest time of the year for swimming, without the loads of tourists filling Alexandria over summer.

Corniche of Alexandria, Egypt



By Tore Kjeilen