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Shali Fortress, Siwa

#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 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!  more »
  • Nothing to see really. We weren’t impressed with the fortress itself (maybe you have to be a fan of ruins and history in order to get it) and the view is similar to many other places in Siwa. It was.....  more »
  • I wasn’t sure of waking up so early to catch the sunrise view at top of the shali fortress , but as soon as i reached there I knew how much i’ll regret if i’ve been there , I’ve seen the most...  more »

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