Turystyka w Siwa

[S]iwa holds a special appeal for many travellers on account of its isolation and unique character, its natural beauty and its historical associations.  Siwa is famous also for its hot white sand that has some properties that make it able to cure a lot of rheumatismtic dieses, Arthritis and spinal pain. Regarding the hot water wells in Siwa, the most important among them are: Cleopatra Bath, Arayes, Moulol, and Hamawat.
The water in these wells is divided into two types: normal hot water and sulfurous hot water which is used internationally in curing many skin dieses. It is also used in curing some respiratory system problems.
Dakrour Mountain in Siwa contains some radiations that help in curing rheumatism, polio, Psoriasis, and digestive system illnesses. Tourists from all over the world come to this mountain in July and August every year to be cured from many health problems.

Places to see in Siwa

[T]he City Shaly is the old city and fortress in the middle of the city of Siwa Oasis. The word Shaly means the city or the town in the Siwian language. Shaly consists of a high a plateau with two tops one at the Eastern edge and the other at the Western edge. On top of this plateau, a lot of houses were built in the „Karshif” style, the ancient construction style in Siwa. In the past, there was a high wall surrounding the city of Shaly to protect it against any outside attacks and this wall had only one opening. The streets of Shaly are narrow and the doors of the houses are very small. The city was designed  that way to protect it from the attacks of the Berber and

the Bedouins who live in the desert.  The fortress in the city was built out of mud bricks and it was constructed in 12th or 13th century to protect the city when there was a situation of chaos in Roman period and tribes in the western desert used to attack one another in order to get food and drink.

[T]emple of the Oracle of Amun / Aghurmi  The plateau of Aghurmi is where the famous temple of the oracle is located and it is 30 meters above sea level. The plateau has the shape of a horseshoe with the Eastern, Western, and Northern parts being quite higher than the Southern part.
The temple of the oracle was built during the 26th Dynasty. However, the Oracle’s origin is said to be much older. The most glorious years of this temple was during the reign of the Greeks and the Romans.
What remains of this temple today is one of its ancient walls that contain beautiful drawings and carvings that tell us about the story of the temple with portraits of the god Amun and another of the god Amun Ra. This temple is famous for the visit of Alexander the great and he was able enthroned to be the son of Amun.

[G]ebel Al Mawta (The Mountain of the Dead) is located one kilometer outside the city of Siwa and it is a Conical hill with a height of 50 meters. The mountain has a Calcareous soil and it contains many tombs in the shape of a bee hive Carved in stone in the form of the ranks of regular and successive layers. Each tomb has consists of a rectangular corridor that leads to a wide yard with many openings afterwards to place the dead bodies.
The mountain has many tombs, the most important among them are: the tomb of the Crocodile, the tomb of Miso-Isis, and the tomb of Si Amun (or the man of Amun) which is the most beautiful tomb in the mountain. It goes back to the 3rd century BC and it contains remarkable motifs of the god Nut. Most of the tombs of this mountain were robbed during different stages in time. So little remains today for visitors to view

[C]leopatra Spring  is located on the path that leads to the Temple of Amun. It is a water stone pool fed by natural spring water. it is believed that Cleopatra used this spring for bathing. In the late 90’s, the wall of the spring was covered with ceramic!! Now it has been removed to maintain its original look.

[G]ebel El-Dakroury (El-Dakroury mountain) The mountain is to the east of Siwa. It is famous for curing rheumatic disease by a therapy involving being buried in the sand, usually in the summer (June, July & August). This mountain is also the site for the annual Siwan celebration which lasts for three days. Usually held on or around the full moon in October after the dates and olives harvest season.There is more than one opinion about how the mountain got its name. The only one I remember is that thearea was a slave trading point, where slaves used to come from Dakar.

[F]atanas Island / Fatnis Island or even Fantasy Island !  famous for its magnificent sunset view Covered in lush palm trees with a secluded freshwater spring in its center, this island is a popular spot for swimming and sunbathingin



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