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Shali Fortress

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Address: Old Town Hill, Siwa 51714, Egypt
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The fortress is abandoned and ruined. But you can make out the rooms and passageways. I visited this in the Christmas-New Year week, but had it all to myself in the early morning... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2015
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed June 27, 2015

The fortress is abandoned and ruined. But you can make out the rooms and passageways. I visited this in the Christmas-New Year week, but had it all to myself in the early morning. Nice structure, but like all ruins you need to "feel" the place to get the most out of your visit.

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed June 21, 2015

Siwa is perhaps the most interesting oasis in Egypt. Located in the remote western region, it is home to ancient Shali Fortress. The fortress is constructed of mud bricks and is still in relatively good condition. There are bazaars for shopping or renting bikes. But the real selling point to this site is the stunning sunsets. Climb to the top... More 

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Thank David D
Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

Shali is the old city were the siwi used to live around 100 years ago but it was destroyed by heavy rain. The mosque of the old city still remains and it's the oldest one in Siwa, you can enter to pray if you are Muslim since they still use it for praying. Sunset & sunrise from Shali is also... More 

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Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt
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Reviewed May 5, 2015

Shali was The living place for the Siwi until it was seriously damaged by a rain storm. It was walled, but not a fort in the usual meaning of the term. Many houses remain occupied although most Siwi live beyond the walls. It is a good place to explore, incl using the small shops surrounding its base.

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Thank Sam E
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 26, 2015

This ancient citadel dominates the small oasis town of Siwa. it is made in the traditional method of mixing sand and salt, and is a wonderful site both during the day or night time when it is illuminated. Climb to the top for some wonderful views of the surrounding oasis; espcially evening time to watch a magnificent sunset. Enjoy :)

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Thank Moodleprof
Cairo
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Reviewed April 16, 2015

it's in the heart of downtown it's very beautiful and unique and has the oldest mosque in the area. it could be a bit difficult to climb for elders and not safe for kids. you see the entire city from the top.

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Thank Doaa H
Alexandria, Egypt
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Reviewed January 28, 2015

It is the place where the people in Siwa used to live in the old days. You can see high Shali from everywhere in Siwa and it looks amazing especially at night. Take a proper hicking shoes and climb the way up to the top to see all the beautifull oasis. There are shops selling nice Siwian products. There is... More 

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Thank Egyptiano333
Beijing, Beijing, China
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Reviewed December 12, 2014

best place to see the sunrise and sunset. here is also very special.u can imagine the life in a hundred years ago

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 10, 2014

Brillant I have a fear of heights but climbed to the top or as near as I could to get the best view of the whole area breathe taking a must see best time to go is near sunset truely amazing

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Dordogne
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Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is different, and you can somehow feel it as you climb to the top. Once at the top you get a great view of the Oasis and beyond

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