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Shali Fortress, Siwa

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#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Matrouh Governorate
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
See the enigmatic ruins of Shali Fortress, which once towered above the oasis. Dating back to the 13th century, the fortress was built from "kershef"--a mixture of salt, mud, and rocks. It wasn't meant to last more than a few decades, but it was destroyed by a heavy rainfall in 1926. Today, it is largely abandoned apart from some buildings near the edges, which are mostly used for storage. Walk through the labyrinth of impressive organic shapes, which once used to rise up to 60 m (197 ft) in height. Follow the path that spans the remnants of this ghost town, past the ancient mosque to the top, which offers scenic views. Make Shali Fortress a centerpiece of your Siwa vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Siwa online trip planner.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »

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