El Fayoum

El Fayoum.

El Fayoum is Egypt‘s biggest oasis and the one that is closest to the Nile River and the capital, Cairo. In the vicinity, Lake Qarun was created around 70,000 years ago when the Nile inundated a depression that is today known as the district of Fayoum. Today, the lake is nourished by the canals that link it to the river.

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The Fayoum Oasis is one of Egypt’s most biodiverse and scenic destinations.

The oasis has traditionally represented what has been referred to as “the garden of Egypt,” and they continue to do so now by producing a vast number of fruit and vegetables, which contribute to a significant portion of the food requirements of the whole country of Egypt.

Lake Qarun is a body of water in northern India.

Lake Qarun is also well-known for the abundance of wildlife that it harbors. A vast number of migrating birds utilize the lake as a wintering ground, a resting location for the following seasons, or as a staging area for further migrations to the south during their wintering season. Historically, this location is well-known as a popular hunting place for the pharaohs and the elites who followed one another through the ages and were famed for their hunting excursions.

Visitors generally do not spend much time in Madinat Al Fayoum (The City of Fayoum), preferring instead to spend their time in the verdant and agricultural fields around the lake, where they may take in the scenery and enjoy the countryside.

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El Fayoum is the capital of El Fayoum Governorate in the Western Desert of Egypt

Fayoum is home to several archaeological sites of significance.

Important archaeological sites may be found in Fayoum, as well. Because the crocodile deity Sobek used to flourish in the springs of the oasis, Qasr Qarun, a temple from the Ptolemaic period on the western coast of Lake Nasser, is dedicated to him. Qasr Qarun is situated on the western shore of the lake and dates back to the Ptolemaic era. During the Middle Kingdom, the oasis was a center of political authority, and the majority of Fayoum’s archaeological legacy can be traced back to that period. As a consequence, the desert that surrounds the Fayoum region is littered with pyramids of all sizes and shapes. However, despite the poor condition of the pyramids of Lahun, Lisht, and Hawara – which seem more like a mound of trash than actual pyramids – the fourth pyramid, known as Meidum’s pyramid, is rather spectacular, particularly given its unusual structural arrangement.

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El Fayoum desert.

What to do and where to go in El Fayoum

Tunis, a hamlet in Tunisia, is one of the most well-known cities in the country, especially in recent years. Organizing a pottery festival in November has been a tradition in this town in recent years, and it is especially significant in this community. Because of the little town’s popularity with artists, it is especially lovely to stroll through its narrow streets, which are adorned with various murals, as well as through its park. During the festival, you will have the opportunity to purchase original and one-of-a-kind ceramic artifacts, the style of which is especially peculiar in Tunisia, at reasonable costs. There is an abundance of lectures, seminars, and live music to choose from.

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