The Fort At El QuseirBy
Once you head along the coast route south from Hurghada and continue for roughly 1 hour, you will arrive at the town of El Quseir. At the heart of the town which is mostly untouched by Egypt’s booming tourist trade, is the Fort which goes back as far as 1571.
The Fort was initially built by Sultan Selim I during a time after Quseir was amongst the most significant ports in Egypt. In addition to being an crucial part in trade routes, Quseir was furthermore the departure point for Hajj pilgrims on their way to Mecca.
At the end of the 18th century, the French forces under the control of Napoleon took charge of the fort and they held the fort before the British forced them to abandon it two years later. It was the commence of a chain of events that saw the British beat Napoleon’s forces in The Red Sea later that year.
The British immediately moved on and the subsequent years saw the Fort at El Quseir used as a base by Muhammad Ali Pasha in his wars against Arabia. In 1869, the Suez Canal began operating connecting the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. For that reason, the strategic benefits of the fort was significantly reduced. It is working life came to an finish in 1975 just after lots of years service as a base of the Egyptian Coast Guard.
Nowadays, the Fort at El Quseir is a small tourist attraction for those taking a Red Sea holiday. The town itself does not get a good number of people and the few hotels at El Quseir are self contained resorts away from the centre. There is a low entrance fee to gain access to the Fort which has many displays revealing it’s past together with a couple of items from the era the minute Italian investment came to Quseir from a phosphate company.