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The Mountain of the Dead (Gabal El-Mawta)

The Mountain of the Dead is located in Siwa Oasis, in the Western Desert, in the north-west of Egypt. It is an archeological site that compromises a necropolis dating back to the Late Pharaonic and the Greco-Roman Periods. At times, the caves served as a shelter for the Bedouins; and for that reason, most of the tombs are in a bad state. In design, most tombs consist of only one or two chambers. Noticeably, there are four distinguishable tombs that worth beholding, one of which is the Tomb of Si-Amoun (probably a rich man) which stands as the most beautiful of all. In a graceful manner, the scenes depict a large number of Egyptian gods and goddess. Simply decorated, the Tomb of the Crocodile, which dates back to the 4th century, consists of three rooms. Here, the scenes represent the Crocodile and other animals as well as Osiris, Isis, and the Deceased. Larger, in size, than the other tombs at the site, the Tomb of Niperpathot (a Prophet of Osiris and a scribe) comprises a hall and three rooms. On its walls were found some inscriptions and scenes of Osiris and Isis. The Tomb of Mesu-Isis is unfinished and has only one painted wall with rows of cobras (Uraeus). Although the archeologists failed to know anything about the tomb’s owner, they knew that his wife was a woman called Mesu-Isis.

 

El Dakrour Mountain

El Dakrour Mountain is one of the most admired mountains in Egypt that locates to the south west of Siwa Oasis in Marsa Matrouh. It encloses two cemetries that date back to the ancient Egyptian times: El Mawta Mountain or the Dead Mountain with its six necropolises of attractive colorful paintings, and Qresht Area eastward Siwa with some remains dating back to the Greek and Roman Period. Nowadays, the area of El Dakrror Mountain is renowned as a place for therapeutic tourism since it provides a full range of facilities for curing illnesses including rheumatism by covering the body of the person in hot sand for a certain period. El Dakrour Mountain area receives a large number of visitors during the annual celebration after the harvest season that remains for three days.

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