Tanis
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This important archaeological site in Egypt's northern Delta contains many ancient ruins including the Gate of Shoshenq III, Tomb of Osorkon II, Psusennes I and Shoshenq III.
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jamiehay51260
Cairo, Egypt76 contributions
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Jun 2013 • Friends
Don't visit unless you really are an aficionado of ruins. If you are, you won't be disappointed by the scattered remains of the once capital of Egypt, Tanis. There are no intact, or even close to intact structures here, except the royal tombs. However, there is an enormous collection of statuary, obelisks, pillars and other odds and ends of granite blocks, scattered about the site. For me, they really conjure up the collapse of civilisations far more than manicured and restored sites.
Most of the site is still unexcavated, and is an enormous tel sitting up to 10 metres above the surrounding farmland. The whole thing is an enormous pile of ancient detritus- pottery sherds, fragments of ancient glass, lumps of iron and the dust of thousands of years.
As well as wandering the scattered ruins, it is also possible to climb down into some sacred lakes and into one of the royal tombs that still has some wonderful art on the walls- although with only a few small patches of colour remaining.
It cost us 20LE to get in and we had the place to ourselves for an hour, before a tour bus arrived- a fairly rare event I think.
It is a very long journey from Cairo to get there. We hired a driver for the day and it took us 3 hours, despite only being 150 kms away. Lots of very narrow farm roads. Interesting Delta scenery though.
I thyought it was well worth the trip.
Written June 15, 2013
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Romain D
N'Djamena, Chad82 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Friends
Tan is is not visited although it has a lot to offer. The city has a rich history throughout ancient times. Monuments have Benin erected at ruined and ancient stones were constantly reused bay successive dynasties . Tanks has a large number of obelisk remains including sommital part that are usually not visible from close up.
Written July 12, 2016
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