Port Said is an Egyptian city at the northern end of the Suez Canal, on the Mediterranean Sea. A concrete lighthouse dates from the canal’s opening in 1869. On the waterfront is the former department store Simon Arzt. Now disused, the art deco building offers a glimpse into the past, to when Port Said was a cosmopolitan trading hub. Nearby is the Islamic-style Suez Canal Authority Building, with its green domes.

The Military Museum illustrates important events in the history of the area, including the 1956 Suez Crisis. Among the exhibits are tanks and dioramas, plus some military equipment from ancient Egypt. A plinth at the mouth of the Suez Canal once held a statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps, the canal’s developer. The statue was destroyed by protesters in 1956. On the town’s western outskirts, the Port Said War Memorial Cemetery contains Commonwealth graves from both world wars. Farther west, the wetlands of Lake Manzala shelter cormorants and other water birds.




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