Port Said city is one of the most important cities in Egypt, after Cairo and Alexandria. It is a coastal city overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is considered as the entrance of the Suez Canal from the north.
Let’s learn more about the history of Port Said City
Port Said City was constructed after the foundation of the Suez Canal by Ferdinand De Lesseps to be the entrance to this canal.
In 1855, the international committee chose the name of Port Said to be the name of this new city.
It is divided into two words. The first one is (Port) for referring to it as a coastal city, while the second word is (Said), who is Khedive Said, the ruler at that time.
Let’s take a tour in Port Said
Port Said houses several attractions as its port, the second largest port in Egypt, the Suez Canal Authority Building, the Old Lighthouse, the Obelisk of Martyrs, and the Base of the Statue of De Lesseps.
- The Old Lighthouse of Port Said was established by Khedive Ismail in 1869 to guide ships passing through the Suez Canal. This lighthouse is considered the oldest concrete lighthouse in the world.
- Suez Canal Authority Building was founded in 1895, and it distinguishes with its unique Islamic architectural design. It is the first building built on the shores of Port Said city. It is used as the headquarters of the authority and the administration of the Suez Canal and monitoring the passage of ships from/into the Suez Canal.
- The Obelisk of Martyrs is a memorial established in honor of the martyrs who were killed in the battles of the tripartite aggression during the Suez War.
- The Base of the Statue of De Lesseps was built in 1899. Port Said revolutionaries removed the statue of De Lesseps from its base after their success in preventing French, British and Israeli armies from entering Egypt on December 23, 1956, so this day became the national celebration day of Port Said.
Egypt Vacation Tours team always seeking to please you
Kindly submit on Port Said day tour and shore excursion tour to enjoy this amazing city.