All Cities - Port Said

Memories of the 19th century

Certain quarters in the centre has European style 19th century architecture, coming with full wooden balconies and high verandas. The ambience, out of sights near Port Said, the northern end of the Suez Canal is a place where many visitors can find hours of entertainment, simply by watching ships pass in and out. Port Said even got a couple of museums , the National Museum and the Military Museum.



Port Said
Port Said is the fourth largest city in Egypt and and is the second most important port after Alexandria. It is located on the Mediterranean Sea, to the north of the Suez Canal.
Port Said was built in 1859 as part of the Suez Canal project, a shortcut for vessels coming from the Atlantic ocean to the Mediterranean sea, and also linking it to the Red sea and the Indian Ocean. Named after the Khedive Mohamed Said who reigned Egypt from 1854 to 1863, the city was built on the European 19th Century architecture style with high verandas and wooden balconies.
Port Said was caught in the middle of the Arab-Israeli war, especially between 1956 and 1967. The city was evacuated until the the October 1973 war, when Egypt regained most of it's occupied land from Israel. It was now safe for the citizens of Port Said to go back home and rebuild their city after the peace accord was signed between Egypt and Israel in 1979. Ever since, it has developed into a major trade and business city.

The economy of the city depends mainly on fishing and industries like chemicals, processed food and cigarettes. Its port is vital for the Egyptian economy from here Egyptian products including cotton and rice are exported. Moreover, Port Said is also a fuelling station for ships that pass through the Suez Canal.

Interesting ways to enjoy Port Said are either to take a cruise on the canal or to take a tour around the city on a "Hantour" (a horse-drawn carriage).
Port Fouad, located across the canal from Port Said is a suburb of civil servants, also worth visiting.

hopping is another option in this tax free city.
There are many places to stay during your visit to the city. Hotels are found around the canal area and their prices vary; moreover, some villas can also be rented. There are also many restaurants in Port Said.

Across the Canal from Port Said is Port Fuad, which is really only a bedroom community to Port Said. However, if time permits is is a very pleasant place to take a stroll among the gardens and sprawling residences located there.

The Statue of Liberty

Originally, American's very own statue of Liberty was to be placed not in New York but at Port Said. The Statue of Liberty was really inspired by the huge statues at Abu Simbel. Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor of the statue designed the American Lady of Liberty as 'Egypt carrying the light of Asia'. However, the Khedive Ismail decided that the project was too expensive, so the 'Light of Asia' was sent to the US instead, where she became the Statue of Liberty.



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