Though linked to the civilization of the Nile Valley since antiquity, they have always been different — and remain so. Siwa Oasis , far out near the Libyan border, is the most striking example: its people speak another language and have customs unknown in the rest of Egypt, while its ruined citadels, lush palm groves, limpid pools and golden sand dunes epitomize the allure of the oases. Each oasis is different in character due to their diverse landscapes and degree of modernization. Nearer to Cairo are two quasi-oases: the Fayoum and Wadi Natrun. The Fayoum resembles the Nile Valley, with pyramids to prove its importance since the Middle Kingdom, while Wadi Natrun is renowned for its Coptic monasteries.
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What do you expect to see when you visit a desert? Could that possibly be white sand? Most likely not. But this is exactly what you will see at the phenomenal White Desert in Farafra, one of the most amazing places to visit in Egypt. Known locally as el Sahara el Beida, this desert is the main geographical attraction that draws numerous tourists to the town of Farafra.
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We attended the first mass in 54 years at a Franciscan church called the St. John the Baptist Chapel. Why has it been so long since the monks were able to hold mass here? The Franciscans only received permission to re-enter the church compound in October because during the Six Day War, the entire Qasr Al-Yahud baptismal site area was littered with thousands of landmines. It was a coronavirus-friendly event, with masks and pods of priests and guests, accompanied by IDF soldiers and officers.
Farafra Oasis is a triangularshaped fertile depression with the impenetrable Great Sand Sea to the west. In Luxor Temple, Farafra is named as a source of dates and minerals. In Karnak Temple an inscription by Merenptah tells of the occupation of Farafra by Libyan troops during his reign. One of the legends connects the oasis with the mysterious disappearance of the army of Cambyses, the Persian king who conquered Egypt in the 6th century BC.