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Temple of the Oracle at Siwa Oasis

The Temple of the Oracle in Siwa, known as the Temple of Alexander the Great, is a sanctuary situated in the Siwa desert in western Egypt. It was sanctified to Amun. As indicated by legend, its establishment is identified with that of the Dodona oracle, as it is said that they were two dark birds that left Thebaid with a similar mission, one traveled to Dodona and the other to Siwa.

Temple of the Oracle in Siwa, or also known as the temple of Alexander the Great is one of the most fascinating locales that you will see during the Siwa Oasis tour from Cairo. The importance of the temple comes from being famous after Alexander the Great visited the Temple seeking the answer from God Amun that he is the pharaoh son of Zeus (God Amun in ancient Egyptian religion) and he has the power over the whole kingdom of Egypt in the 4th Century B.C. The temple was built during the 26th Dynasty in the New Kingdom epoch of Ancient Egyptian history to be dedicated to the Triad of Amun, (Amun, Mut, and Khonso). It was said that the temple of the oracle was built over a well known as the Solar Well, and the ancient Agurmi Village was built from the Kershif method of building which is the traditional building method in Siwa, the kerchief style is simply mixing clay with salt which gives the structure more strength and to keep it cooler from inside during summer hot temperature.

The Solar Well of God Amun was supposed to be found by Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine when he was lost in the desert, another story tells that it was found by two ministers who had been banished from Luxor and lost in the desert around the territory of Siwa, one of the two clerics was accepted to be the person who talked the oracle.

The individuals of Agurmi Village left the spot after hefty downpours in 1935 occurred and softened down pieces of the town, so they got comfortable in the region behind the Temple. The temple was built during the 26th Dynasty by Amasis to encourage the people to come and settle in the area of Siwa Oasis to be able to cultivate the land all year long thanks to the underground water because the Nile River water rises during flood time. It was said that Alexander the Great arrived in the area where the temple was built after a group of birds led the way to Siwa from Marsa Matrouh (Amunia at that time), no one knows what was the answer to Alexander the Great but the answer must have been confirmative, yet, who would be the sun of the sun God Amun if not Alexander who succeeded to conquer such a great empire only in his early 30's. If you're planning to visit Egypt, then you should consider reviewing our detailed Egypt travel guide, as it is a very unique experience during Egypt Tours that is not comparable with any other things to do in Egypt. You can enjoy one of the Classic tours in Egypt, which all travelers would like to cruise the Nile River during Christmas tours in Egypt or while the best weather during Easter tours in Egypt. Covering most of Cairo day trips, Luxor day tours in addition to Aswan excursions, that is why our travel information section is meant to useful before proceeding with Egypt's best tours for those who seek culture, history of Egypt, and luxurious accommodation while sailing the Nile Valley. Travel from Cairo to Siwa Oasis with our assistance to enjoy a bizarre experience during Siwa Oasis Desert Safari, we offer a variety of Tours in Egypt that covers all the must-see Egypt excursions. Enjoy visiting the Temple of the Oracle during many of the Egypt desert safari trips and Egypt Travel Packages: Cairo, Oases and Nile Cruise Tour Package Siwa, Bahariya and White Desert Tour Package Private Tour to Siwa Oasis Desert Safari from Cairo 5 Days 4 Nights Siwa Oasis Tour from Cairo and from our Egypt Day Tours and Cairo Day Tours through: Siwa Oasis adventure from Cairo 4 days 3 nights

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