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Siwa Oasis

Siwa Map
Ruins of Shali
Around Shali
The town
The oasis
Gebel al-Mawta
Alexander's Oracle
Temple of Amon
Cleopatra's pool
Gebel Dakrur

Tourist festival
Fatnis Island
Alexander's tomb
Birket Siwa
Birket Zeitun
Well of Abu Shuruf
Sunset over Libyan Desert
Bir Wahed
Night images

Paradise disappearing?





Alexander's oracle
Siwa appears at first as a sweet and innocent place deep in the desert which has just opened its eyes to the modern world and still let's itself be amazed. Which is not wrong, the asphalted road opened first in 1984.


Oracle of Amon, Siwa, Egypt

The Oracle of Amon is today mainly remembered for being visited by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE, when he was seeking confirmation that he was the son of Zeus (whom the Greeks associated with the Egyptian Amon). Nobody knows what the oracle told Alexander, the answer was whispered into his ear. But it probably was confirmative; Alexander expressed ever since a wish to be buried at Siwa, and he embarked upon great conquests in the east, conquests that only a son of a god would dare to embark upon.
The oracle of Siwa was one of the 6 most influential in the known world of those days. It probably came into use some time in the 6th century, as an expansion of the up to 200 year older temple dedicated to Amon-Re.



Oracle of Amon, Siwa, Egypt

The threatening entrance to the temple complex.


The impact of this site in ancient times appears slightly strange and fascinating at the same the same time to modern visitors. The actual temple is so small, but the entire setting is like out of a fantasy novel. The temple complex, complete with a well (quite well-preserved) takes all of a little mountian rising up from the oasis. Seen from a distance, the site is like a white island floating on green palms. Upon entering, a wall rises above you, and when standing next to the temple you will have fabulous views.
Unfortunately, there is little to fascinate a visitor with the temple structure itself, no wall-paintings and no fine details have survived. It is best when seen from a distance.

Oracle of Amon, Siwa, Egypt


The temple itself. It is really very small, but as most visitors never were allowed to enter, just stand on the ground 12 metres beneath, it probably appeared to be quite impressive.





Cairo Bahariya Road

White Desert

Akabat Mountain

White Desert

White Desert Camping

White Desert

White Desert

Crystal Mountain