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Bahariya Oasis Egypt

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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?





Ruins of Shali
The ruins of Shali dates back to the 13th century, and was in full use until 3 days of heavy rain destroyed it in 1926. The houses were originally built to last a couple of decades, then be rebuilt or fixed after light rain. The building material was kershef, a mixture of salt and clay. It is not water-proof.


As seen from Siwa town, the ruins of Shali, Siwa, Egypt

As seen from Siwa town, the ruins of Shali.

Shali is supposed to have risen 60 metres above the ground level of the oasis, helped by the two mountains here. It must have been a fabulous sight. It still is, but none of 5 story houses still stand.
Shali today offers great view, the ruinous state have created many fine views. But surprisingly, you will find that some of the houses are still inhabited, although this only applies to the ones at the foot of Shali.



Ruins of Shali, Siwa, Egypt

Cairo Bahariya Road

White Desert

Akabat Mountain

White Desert

White Desert Camping

White Desert

White Desert

Crystal Mountain