Shali Fortress
Shali Fortress
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Jean-Marc D
Cairo Governorate, Egypt122 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Well to be honest, does Siwa justify a 9h trip from Cairo ?
The answer depends on what you are looking for...
Yes it is qite exotic as an oasis surrounded by sand sea.
BUT in terms of historical remains, you could be very disappointed.
The middle age citadel of Shali is in poor condition except some recent renovations still on (thanks to UE!).
The temple of Amon has very few remains as well.
The worst of it is the garbages covering the whole town without exception, even when you woke in the fields.
Simply disgusting but unfortunetaly very common evrywhere in Egypt.
There's absolutely no concern about environnment. Shame.
Written November 6, 2021
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Emerytenparty
Poznan, Poland5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Shali is situated in the very center of the town Siwa, in a big square, there's no way to miss it. There's a very good view from the top, you can see not only the whole town and the Mountain of the Dead, but also the entire Siwa Oasis, plantations of olives and palm trees, the salt lakes and a large piece of the desert. The ruins of shali are very well iluminated at night and you can take wonderful pictures from the square below it.
Written April 23, 2006
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The_Egyptian_Couple
Karen, Kenya431 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
We visited the fortress while we were in town. It's nice but you need to manage your expectations. If you've been around Egypt and You've been to Luxor, this one won't blow your socks off!
Written April 8, 2021
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Yasmine_Motawy
Cairo139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
you need a good guide to embroider your visit with stories and history of this old town fortress. It makes all the difference.
Written December 31, 2018
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EgyptianGoddess
Alexandria, Egypt1,014 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It doesn't matter whether you stand at the foot of, or at the top of Shali - you're view will be spectacular either way!

We walked right up to the top - and although not a steep climb - it can be quite tricky in some places - so make sure you are wearing shoes with good grip.

It's quite weird walking up there - some areas look really unsafe to stand on - but the material that this is built of (rock salt and mud brick) combines to make a really surprisingly strong building material.

The well in the centre of the main part - gives a great insight into how this really was a fortified town. All of the upper houses are abandoned - but sounds of life can still be heard coming from some of the lower homes.

The views from the top are spectacular - life and death seen in one glance, with homes and ancient burial mounds in co existence.

Entry is free - just head towards the entrance from the main square and to the rear of the Albabenshal hoteland follow the alley upwards.
Written March 23, 2008
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Windy_Keala
Kapolei, HI344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We loved Shali Fortress. I felt like I was in a movie or a video game exploring the rooms and passages. It also offers a nice view of Siwa, and there are various shopping stalls around the base of the fortress.
Written November 14, 2021
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Captainkirk-of-bc
Fairmont Hot Springs, Canada160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Such a city built of clay can only have survived as long in a desert. It is worth seeing while you can.
Written March 31, 2019
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Mostafa El Faham
Giza, Egypt37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
It is the heart of Siwa and the landmark of the entire Oasis. Climbing it to the top to enjoy the view is one thing, listening to the story of the old town is another pleasant thing.
Written September 6, 2018
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Ildiko K
Budapest, Hungary14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
The center of Siwa town is dominated by the spectacular organic shapes of the remains of the 13th-century mud-brick Shali Fortress. Built from a material known locally as kershef (large chunks of salt from the lake just outside town, mixed with rock and plastered in local clay), the labyrinth of huddled buildings was originally four or five story’s high and housed hundreds of people.

For centuries, few outsiders were admitted inside - and even fewer came back out to tell the tale. But three days of rain in 1926 caused more damage than any invader had managed and, over the last decades, inhabitants moved to newer and more comfortable houses with running water and electricity. Now only a few buildings around the edges are occupied or used for storage, including the mosque with its old, chimney-shaped minaret. Those who wander around the outskirts of the fort are likely to be rewarded with glimpses of life as it used to be; there's an old donkey-powered oil press back here, and you should listen out for the clanging of a real-life metal smith plying his trade.With each rainfall more of these buildings disintegrate. However, Siwans are beginning to value the uniqueness of their heritage, as well as the need to preserve it.
Written August 27, 2018
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Rana Aly
Cairo, Egypt72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
This is a beautiful place, ancient old city inside Siwa city, better have a local tour guide to see city attractions all in one day -a lot of local guides there- u can have very nice views over the city & its palm trees wide areas, also have photos on the ladders i'll pass by in that city to reach its top.
Written July 15, 2017
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