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Fayoum Oasis

Fayoum is a wonderful area of Egypt with a rich and interesting history, it is located about 70 Km Southwest of Cairo. This 692 sq. mile depression was a lush paradise during prehistoric times. It is easy to find the city on the map because of the large lake (Lake Qaroun) in the Egyptian Western Desert.

Its water level was 85 meters higher than today (currently 45 meters below sea level) and the Nile regularly flooded through the low mountains separaating it from the Fayoum. A...

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Fayoum Oasis
Fayoum is a wonderful area of Egypt with a rich and interesting history, it is located about 70 Km Southwest of Cairo. This 692 sq. mile depression was a lush paradise during prehistoric times. It is easy to find the city on the map because of the large lake (Lake Qaroun) in the Egyptian Western Desert.

Its water level was 85 meters higher than today (currently 45 meters below sea level) and the Nile regularly flooded through the low mountains separaating it from the Fayoum. At 215 square km, the current lake Qaroun remains Egypt's largest salt water lake.

The prehistoric people who lived here were, at first, nomadic hunters and gatherers, but later began harvesting plants near the lake. This developed into what is said to be the earliest agricultural area in the world, where fences were erected and guarded warehouses built.

It has remained an agriculture center, well known for its fruits, vegetables and chickens. The peacefulness of the area is a relief from the hustle and bustle of Cairo, from which it is a brief trip. Bird life still abounds around Lake Qaroun, bordered by semi-nomadic Bedouin settlements and fishing villages.

Here, on the edge of the desert, you can sail, windsurf, swim and fish. Other places of outstanding natural beauty near Fayoum are the hot springs at Ain al-Siliyin, where you can bath and the waterfalls at Wadi al-Rayan, 40km towards Bahariyya, also suitable for swimming and picnics.

Fayoum is not a true oasis since it depends on Nile water instead of underground springs or wells. The ancient Bahr Yussef canal runs through the center of the city and irrigates the land.
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