Western Desert Oases

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  • 1. Aghurmi

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This was the first fortified settlement in the oasis, built on the site of the ancient Oracle of Amun, which lies ruined within its walls. While...Read More

  • 2. Bir Wahed

    Hot Spring

    This hot spring and picturesque lake amid dunes were created accidentally by exploratory drilling for oil in the late 1980s. The firm found...Read More

  • 3. Cleopatra's Bath

    Hot Spring

    It's rumored that Cleopatra once swam in this freshwater spring east of town. Nowadays local men frequent the deep circular pool, while women...Read More

  • 4. Fatnes Island

    Island

    Dubbed "Fantasy Island," it is a popular outing on the shimmering salt lake of Birket Siwa. The lush island is an ideal picnic spot and best...Read More

  • 5. Jebal al-Dakrour

    Town/Village

    This spot is known for its traditional rheumatism treatments, which include being buried up to your neck in the hot sand that pours off the...Read More

  • 6. Jebal al-Mawta

    Ruins

    The conical hill just north of town is honeycombed with tombs. The finest, the Tomb of Si-Amun, depicts a wealthy merchant with curly hair and...Read More

  • 7. Shali

    Ruins

    Siwans once inhabited a fortified settlement at Aghurmi, just east of Siwa town, but by the 13th century AD their numbers had been reduced to...Read More

  • 8. Traditional Siwan House

    Museum/Gallery

    This house serves as a museum of Siwan domestic life, with a good collection of pottery, tools, jewelry, and clothing used until very recently...Read More

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