Top Choice Fortress in Siwa Oasis

Fortress of Shali

Central Siwa is dominated by the spectacular organic shapes of the remains of this 13th-century mud-brick fortress. Built from kershef (chunks of salt from the lake just outside town, mixed with rock and plastered i…
Archaeological Site in Siwa Oasis

Gebel al-Mawta

This small hill, at the northern end of Siwa Town, is honeycombed with rock tombs peppered with wall paintings. Its name, Gebel al-Mawta, means 'Mountain of the Dead' and most of the tombs here date back to the 26th…
Spring in Siwa Oasis

Bir Wahed

A favourite Siwa excursion is the freshwater lake at Bir Wahed, 15km away on the edge of the Great Sand Sea. Once over the top of a dune, you come to a hot spring, the size of a large Jacuzzi, where sulphurous water…
Ruins in Siwa Oasis

Temple of the Oracle

The 26th-dynasty Temple of the Oracle sits in the northwest corner of the ruins of Aghurmi village. Built in the 6th century BC, probably on top of an earlier temple, it was dedicated to Amun (occasionally referred …
Museum in Siwa Oasis

House of Siwa Museum

This small museum contains an interesting display of traditional clothing, jewellery and crafts typical of the oasis. It’s worth the entry fee just to check out the wedding dresses. It's a block northwest of the Kin…
Mosque in Siwa Oasis

King Fuad Mosque

The King Fuad Mosque is a prominent landmark in the centre of Siwa Town.
Mosque in Siwa Oasis


This mosque marks the southern end of central Siwa Town.
Spring in Siwa Oasis

Fatnas Spring

This fairly secluded pool is on a small island in the salty Birket Siwa, accessible across a narrow causeway. Nicknamed ‘Fantasy Island’ for its idyllic setting, the pool is about 6km from Siwa Town, and surrounded …
Ruins in Siwa Oasis

Bilad ar-Rum

Just north of Kharmisah, around 17km northwest of Siwa Town, the City of the Romans has about 100 tombs cut into the rock of the nearby hills and the ruins of a stone temple, among the spots rumoured to be the final…
Ruins in Siwa Oasis

Temple of Umm Ubayd

This almost totally ruined temple was dedicated to Amun. It was originally connected to the Temple of the Oracle by a causeway and was used during oracle rituals. Nineteenth-century travellers got to see more of it …