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Shali Fortress

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Address: Old Town Hill, Siwa 51714, Egypt

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The Old City of Siwa

wonderful architecture with natural materials .. in a way that you can not know which is the mountain and which is the building. you can also find nice shops down there for local... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 7, 2014
Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2014

wonderful architecture with natural materials .. in a way that you can not know which is the mountain and which is the building. you can also find nice shops down there for local arts and crafts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

This the reason I came to Siwa... the ancient Fortress is beautiful... take the short climb at sunset and you will be rewarded with the most beautiful views and colours.

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

very interesting history, beautiful site, excellent tour guide, not overly crowded, interesting culture

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Alexandria, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

The Fortress remains itself was a great built! It amazed me how they made all these small alleys, turns, steps, sitting holes (for the wells) from dried mud! Our unofficial 'guide', Sherif the Donkey cart driver, took us to another side of the fortress to show us one of the wells in the Fortress of which the ceiling of siting... More 

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st augustine, fl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

I think it's melted a bit since then, at least as of my last visit in 2006. You really need to go around the time of prayer to the old mosque, or near it to the well where they make their ablutions...there is a branch over the well that they use a rope to pull up the bucket. It is... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

It is so wonderful. The medieval fortress of Shali is a ghost town within Egypt's isolated Siwa Oasis, 30 miles from Libya. It is interesting ruined town.Just come and have a look. you will like it so much.

Thank kmonsef
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

If you love Egypt, you will probably love this site. The traditional architecture really is transporting and gives a real feel of what it is like to be a Siwan. Made out of mud, it looks like a melted city. I could imagine for days what it would have been like to live in such a dwelling surrounded by the... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

I am in love with siwa, I visit it about 12 times from 1994 to 2006. Every time I went their Shali stopped me thinking how they build that community by that way, some times i spent all night staying on shali till sunrise, I love the view from the top of shali. When you are going up their you... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Didn't actually climb it, but saw it every day from the rooftop of the Siwa Villa. New shops on the Shali have devastated businesses in town. Save your shopping for the square! Tourism is down all over Egypt, so buy what you can afford, and tip generously when you can.

Thank Kathleen C
Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

u must make the walk up here for the sunset its stunning and a great view of the area, the stalls on the way up are great also, make sur eu bargin with them a bit

Thank Katherine P

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