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you need a good guide to embroider your visit with stories and history of this old town fortress... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Yasmine_Motawy
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Cairo
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Wonderful View and the highlight of Siwa

It is the heart of Siwa and the landmark of the entire Oasis. Climbing it to the top to enjoy the... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2018
Cairowalkingtours
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Giza, Egypt
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

you need a good guide to embroider your visit with stories and history of this old town fortress. It makes all the difference.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Yasmine_Motawy
Reviewed September 6, 2018

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.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Cairowalkingtours
Reviewed August 27, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Ildiko K
Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

Really loved walking around these ruins. Apparently most of the houses were destroyed after unusually strong rain in 1928, but some are still intact. There is a still functioning mosque with a great view from the minaret. It's free to walk around and we were...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank AlyonaCott
Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

טיילנו פה 3 ימים עם מדריך מקומי. חוויה. מקום מענין. נוף יפה. שווה להגיע לפה We traveled here for 3 days with a local guide. experience. Interesting place. nice view. It's worth getting here

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank MichaelG941
Reviewed April 24, 2018 via mobile

We absolutely fell in love with this Fort. It is a must-visit at sunset. Our tour guide said it was built in the 1200-1300 AD time period and that residents of Siwa lived in it until the 1800’s. Fascinating! The mosque is still in use,...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank sylviaroland
Reviewed April 1, 2018

Great ancient place, need to read about its history or have a guide to explain it to really appreciate it.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Taher G
Reviewed March 23, 2018

I have been there last November on my Egypt trip. My chance to go there is very suddenly because the original plan was going to Black & White Desert but they were closed because of conflict so they changed to go Siwa Oasis and enjoy...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank sejabin
Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

The fortress is in the city centre surronded by many bazaars which sell local hand made crafts. Moreover, a local hotel and restaurant (Babelshal) which serve average local food. The fortress is poorly maintained and needs attention. Admission is free.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Ahmed A
Reviewed January 15, 2018

It's just a unique view, architecture, and feeling. I stood in the neighborhood for 5 days, and visiting the fortress while sunset, it's amazing

Date of experience: November 2017
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