Friday, 26 June 2009

The Land of the Pharoah- Part 2

On the 2nd day, our adventure continue to Alexandria,the 2nd largest city in Egypt also known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranian". It is very close to the sea and the distance from Cairo is 225km. But because of the road condition and the traffic jam, we took almost 4 hours to arrived in this beautiful city.
On the way to Alex, we had a chance to stop by at a place known as "The Lion Village". This place is like a small zoo but the entrance is free. This was the first time I came to a zoo..yeay. I was so happy to see many animals especially the camel.

Lion Village (but that is a tiger heh?)

This is a lion
Mr.Camel so tall Deer

We arrived at the place where Pharos Lighthouse that was one of the Seven Wonders once stood, now is occupied by the Fort of Quit Bay.It is one of the main tourist attractions of Alexandria and really one of the icons of the city. It is a beautiful location, overlooking and with a great view of the Mediterranean Sea and of Alexandria as well.

Fort Quit Bay

Imam Abbas El Mursi Mosque
The most important historic mosque in Alexandria, Egypt, as well as a very beautiful one, is considered to be that of Abu El Abbas El Mursi. Constructed in 1775 by Algerians, it was built over the tomb of the thirteenth century Murcia Andalusan saint, Ahmed Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi (Abu'l 'Abbas) who joined and then lead, as a devout Sufi, the Shadhali brotherhood.

Next, we visited Masjid Nabi Daniel and performed solat here. In this mosque, there are two maqam which are Maqam for Nabi Daniel and Maqam for Luqmanul Hakim. These maqam located under the mosque side by side.

In front of Masjid Danial

To end our journey in Alexandria, we had visited Muntazah Park the biggest park in Alex. Muntazah Complex is surrounded by great walls from the south, east and west, and with the beach on its north side. This area used to belong to the Mohamed Ali family, that ruled Egypt from the mid 19th century until 1952. The construction was started in 1892 by King Abbas II, who built a large palace inside the complex called the Salamlek. In 1932, King Fuad built a larger palace and called it the Haramlik. His son, King Farouk, built a bridge to the sea to act as a water front. The rest of the 115 acres is nothing but beautiful garden. This is a wonderful spot to enjoy the beauty of Alexandria.

Sunset-View from the bridge The palace inside Muntazah

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