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The Oasis In Egypt

The Western Desert is another land of history and beauty. this desert abounds in legends. There were no people in Egypt who did come to the great oasis in the Western Desert and leave a piece of their history.
The Temple of the Oracle built by Alexander the Great in Siwa, towers above the forest of palm Trees. just a few miles away the marble mountains glow golden pink as the sun sets. Roman times brought prosperity to the Oasis and the Temple of Hibis in Kharga illustrates the working of Roman law. The Christian civilization is represented too.
Mountain churches and hermitages were built and the Bagawat cemetery is filled with examples Of early Christian wall painting.
The Hot springs of Baharia and the water melon fields. With the Balck Mountain on the horizon, Are places of rest before venturing into the white desert. The eroded White sandstone shapes must Be seen to be believed.

The above mentioned only a few of the wonders of the western Desert. Pharaohs, Kings, Warriors and explorers have all visited this remarkable land of silent desert, fertile Oases and treasures.

Kharga Oasis, Used to be the last but one stop on the Forty Days Road, the infamous slave-trade route between North Africa and the tropical south. Today is the biggest New Valley Oasis and its modern city. Outside the main center is the Temple of Hibis. 10 km away, the necropolis of the Bagawat contains 263 mud-brick chapels with Coptic murals, including the Chapel of Peace with images of Adam and Eve and the Ark on its doe and other important inscriptions.

Siwa, The most inaccessible of all Egypt's oasis until very recently, is also one of the most fascinating. On the edge of the Great Sand Sea , its rich history includes a visit from Alexander the Great to consult the Oracle of Amun in 331 BC. Siwans have their own Culture and customs and they speak a Berber language ( Siwi) rather than arabic. Siwa remains one of the best places to sell Jewelry, rugs, baskets and traditional robes and head-dresses, decorated with antique coins.

Bahariya Oasis, Wildlife is plentiful , especially for birds such as wheatears ; for crops including dates , olives, apricots.Bawiti is the largest village in the Oasis ; its picturesque hillside quarter overlooks lush palm groves irrigated by a natural spring hewn from the rock in Roman times which gushes water at 30 degree .

Dakhla Oasis, a collection of fourteen different settlements, dominated on its northern horizon by a wall of rose-colored rock. The Capital, Mut, after the ancient goddess of Theban Triad, houses the Museum of the inheritance.

Farafra, renowned for its strong traditions and piety. According to folklore the villagers once lost track of time and had to send a rider to Dakhla so they could hold the Friday prayers on the right day. Many of Farafra's houses are painted blue (toward of the Evil Eye) but there are some also decorated with landscapes, birds and animals.


Tours In The Oasia

The Temple of Amun: This is located in the Oasis of Siwa and dated back to the 26th Dybastry and was dedicated to the cult Of Amun and still stand with inscriptions and reliefs depicting Kings making offerings.
The Oracle of Zeus Ammon: This temple also located in the Oasis of Siwa, Was constructed by Ahmose II in the XXVI the dynasty and became an important oracle during the Roman period. There are reliefs showing the consultation of the oracle on the walls of the building. The Temple is situated in the oasis of Siwa.
The mountain of the Dead: This is situated yo the north east of Siwa and contains a number of rockhewn tombs.
The Temple of Hibis: Situated about a kilometer to the north of Kharga, this temple dates back to the XXVI the dynasty and was used until the end of the Roman period.
The Cemetery of Baqawat: Three kilometers to the north of Kharga, It dates back to the third century and was in constant use until the eleventh century, it derives its importance in the artistic field as a textbook of Egyptian Christian architectural styles. the most famous of the surviving tombs is the Tomb of the Exodus.
The Temple of Bush: This is situated to the south of Kharga, 23 kilometers from the village of Barbs. The was constructed during the reigns of the Emperors Trajan and hadrian and is dedicated to the cults of Isis and Serapis

Sites To Visit
Sharm El Sheikh
Western Oasis
The Egyptian Museum
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