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Gebel al-Mawta, Siwa Oasis

 
Gebel al-Mawta or Mountain of the Dead is neither ghoulish nor ghastly yet a tour of this ancient necropolis is likely to appeal to teen and tween's with a fascination for all things macabre. Even if bones no longer litter this honeycombed hill. The rock-cut tombs found here date from the 26th dynasty (roughly 6000 BC) through the end of the Roman era and all bear resemblance to ancient Egyptian burial practices. To date, there is no evidence that Christianity ever reached this outpost. Of significance are the Tomb of Niperpathot, Tomb of the Crocodile, Unfinished Tomb of Mesu-Isis and Tomb of... Read More Si-Amun for their magnificent and well-preserved wall paintings. One final note, Siwans took refuge in the tombs at various points in history and, today, avoid it after dark. Gebel al-Mawta is rumored to be haunted.
Gebel al-Mawta, Siwa Oasis

Gebel al-Mawta, Siwa Oasis

Elizabeth LoCicero

Rock-cut tombs, Gebel al-Mawta

Rock-cut tombs, Gebel al-Mawta

Elizabeth LoCicero

Mountain of the Dead, Siwa Oasis

Alfredo De Simone

Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Alfredo De Simone

Gebel al-Mawta reviews
 

Rock-cut tombs and wall paintings

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Submitted on 15 February 2008 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy

Deciphering wall paintings is fun, once. After the first tomb my 9-year-old daughter was more interested in taking pictures and sweeping with a date branch than making sense of figures. The risk of getting lost on the this small brown mountain is nil so we let her wander. Our only word of warning, \'Watch your step!\' There was more than one hole in the rock-cut tombs we walked on.

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