Siwa archaeological area
Siwa archaeological area is part of the Tentative list of Egypt in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The Siwa archaeological area covers an oracle of Ammon from Antiquity. It lies on in an oasis in the Western Desert. The site was known to ancient Greeks. It also includes a second temple to Ammon, the Umm Ubayda.
Map of Siwa archaeological areaLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
Siwa Oasis is 740kms from Cairo and sits very close to the border of Libya.
There isn't much information on when the site would be up for nomination, and whether it would be "packaged" as a mixed site . Its archaeological treasures include the Shali Fortress (see attached photo) in the heart of the town, and the temple complex of Amun. In terms of natural heritage, Siwa possesses beautiful desertscapes - majestic sand dunes, lakes and pools.
Packaging the site as Siwa Oasis Cultural Landscape will not only boost its chances of inscription, but also highlight the Siwa farmers' adaptability in a desert environment. Already, Siwa Oasis is declared a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and is known to exhibit sustainable farming practices (dates and palm), water management and biodiversity conservation.
1994 Added to Tentative List
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