Mosques, Churches, and Synagogues

Alexandria has historically been known for its eclectic mix of ethnicities, influences, and cultures, with a religious history that is just as rich and diverse.

All three religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—are deeply embedded into the city’s cosmopolitan history. Alexandria was once home to one of the largest Jewish communities in Egypt, and it remains the site of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria, which services the entirety of Africa and the Middle East. Following the arrival of Islam to Egypt in the 7th century, Islam became the main religion in the city, and the faiths blended together to form a religious trifecta of influences infused into the city’s architecture, culture, and art.

Insider Tips:

  • The Royal Gardens of Montazah

What native Alexandrians commonly refer to as “Al-Montazah” are the vast lush botanical gardens that once belonged to the royal family of Muhammad Ali Pasha. Built in 1892, the gardens are home to two historical palaces, a museum, and a string of private beaches. The gardens are a popular destination with locals and visitors alike for the beautifully manicured lawns and seaside view. Alexandria’s moderate year-round weather makes Al-Montazah a wonderful choice for a leisurely afternoon stroll or a delicious sea view dinner at one of its many cafes and restaurants.

  • Alexandria's Seafood Restaurants

Alexandria has a well-earned reputation for being home to some of the tastiest seafood in the country! Seafood restaurants can be found all over the city, especially in one of Alexandria’s oldest neighborhoods, Bahary, located on the western side of the city overlooking both the Eastern and Western harbors.

Don’t Miss


Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue

Located on the bustling Nabi Daniel Street, this is one of Egypt’s oldest synagogues. The Neo-Gothic style structure was rebuilt in 1850 on top of the ruins of an older synagogue.


Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque

Colloquially known as “Al-Mursi Abu al-Abbas,” this mosque is one of the oldest and most famous mosques in Alexandria. Built over the tomb of the 13th century Murcian Andalusi Sufi scholar and Saint Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi in Al-Anfoushi neighborhood, the mosque’s intricately designed domes and stunning structure are hard to miss.


Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral

Located in Al-Attarin, this Coptic church is known for being the historical seat of the Pope of Alexandria, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church.


Al-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque

Located in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Al-Raml Station, this famous mosque was built in the 1940s and is notable for its tall minaret and mix of architectural motifs.


Saint Mena Monastery

Located on the outskirts of the city in Abu-Mena, this stunning, modern Coptic Orthodox Monastery was built near a once-significant pilgrimage site between the 4th and 7th centuries with thousands of worshippers visiting for spiritual and physical healing.