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Bahareyya Bahareyya
Photo courtesy of Egyptian Tourism Authority

The Bahareyya oasis is 330 km (205 miles) south of Cairo. It is rich with wildlife and famous for its olives and palm dates in addition to other oases crops.
It lies in a natural desert depression but is now threatened by sand crawls.

Valley of the mummies:
This is a very recent and astounding find. It is indeed the largest mummy necropolisWhat does it mean? discovered in Egypt so far. It was accidentally found after a donkey stumbled in the area leading to the marvelous find in the late 1990s. The cemetery dates to the Greco-Roman era and is believed to contain as many as tens of thousands of unimpaired mummies of which only few hundreds are so far excavated.

The grandeur of the find lies in the big quantity of mummies discovered in one place and the beauty of much of them. Some mummies are gold masked, others were wrapped with linens or lies inside anthropoid terracotta coffins and some are plaster-coated bearing beautiful mortuary scenes.

Beside the mummies lots of artifacts were found like potteries, jewelries, vessels, coins and statuettes.
The cemetery is believed to extend about 6 km square under ground.
Some mummies were moved to a room in the Bahareyya inspectorate for display to the public.

As the valley is still under excavation, visitors are only allowed under special permission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo, 4 Fakhry Abdul Nour St. Abbasseyya.Tel. +202 6843627

Oasis heritage museum:
The museum displays history of life in the desert oases with many of local clothes and tools used in daily activities on display.

Gabal El-Ingleez (English Mountain):
This is a small ruined fortification built by Captain William in the WWI aimed at resisting attacks of Libya's Senussi tribesmen. The mountain is sometimes called 'the black mountain.'

BirWhat does it mean? Al-Matar is about 6 Kilometers (3.7 miles) from the English Mountain. There in the spring, both cold and hot water exist. Nearby is camping facilities, and swimming there is kind of pleasure.
Bir Ghaba (the well of the forest) is about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) further northwest of Bir Matar. There are grass huts that you can rent all the day. The surroundings of the well are excellent as offer a good shadowy place in the desert; trees are everywhere.

Other attractions:
There are few remains of Pharaonic era's temples and settlements and a nearby birds burials.

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