What is AL Fayoum Oasis Egypt known for?
One of the most outstanding oases in Egypt is the Fayoum Oasis “Faiyum Egypt”.
It has its importance in agriculture since prehistoric times, you can read about Egypt Oases
The name of the Fayoum is from the Coptic language “Peiom” which means the sea.
Faiyum Egypt is an artificial oasis that built by a depression in the desert west of the Nile Valley.
It is an agricultural oasis because of its fertility, the Joseph Canal (connecting the Fayoum with the Nile),
And other channels that branched out from the beginning of the Joseph Canal to the end of Faiyum Egypt.
Al Fayoum Oasis location “Cairo to Fayoum”
Between 1270 and 1700 km2 of extension, It is 130 km southwest of Cairo, 8 Days Cairo, Alexandria & Fayoum – Group Tours to Egypt
The History of the Fayoum
Fayoum Oasis was the nomo XXI of Ancient Egypt, the first nomo in Upper Egypt, and knew as “Atef-Pehu” which means Northern Sycamore.
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The capital of the Fayoum was “Shedyt” which means the house of Sobek and in Greek, it knew as Crocodileopolis (after the god Sobek, the crocodile god).
Later in the time of Ptolemy II, this capital knew as “Arsínoe”.
It began its importance from the XII dynasty of the Middle Empire when it considered as the agricultural center of Egypt because of the canalization works.
The Joseph Canal built by the Theban pharaohs in Fayoum Oasis but due to its importance, it later restored by the Sultan of Saladin (the founder of the Saladin Citadel in Cairo).
Best places to visit in AL Fayoum Oasis Egypt
The Valley of the Whales (Wadi el Hitan): It is a unique place in Egypt. It contains invaluable fossils preserved from the whales. There are also other fossils of other animals such as turtles, crocodiles, and sawfish.
Wadi Al Rayan in Fayoum Oasis: It is 1793 km2. It is considered a protected area since 1989. It contains two artificial lakes, southwest of Karun Lake. The natural landscapes in this place are wonderful. There are also the waterfalls, the only ones in Egypt.
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Some pyramids: the Pyramid of Hawara, the Pyramid of El Lahon, and the Pyramid of Meidum.
Best time to visit Fayoum
Best time to visit AL Fayoum in the hottest months August, July, and then June.
Fayoum Oasis Tour
Fayoum is a hidden destination in Egypt, if you are in Cairo, do not miss this opportunity to explore this city. Check out our Egypt travel packages or Nile cruise to choose your favorite destinations in Egypt.