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7 April 2024

Asyut Travel Guide Worth Visiting Attractions

The city of Asyut is the largest town in Upper Egypt and houses the third-largest university in the country. The city dates back to Pharaonic times and has been known by many names throughout history. In Pharaonic times, the city was named Syut; later, it was called Lycopolis by the Greeks, or the city of the wolf. Asyut is the capital of Asyut Governorate. In ancient times, the city was a famous center for worshipping the jackal-headed god, Wepwawet, and up until the 1850s, the city also had the largest slave market dating back to ancient Egypt.

There is a relationship between world heritage sites and tourism as the world heritage site represents an attraction for a large number of tourists, this causes huge deteriorations and a need for ongoing maintenance for these sites.

Tourist attractions from the Islamic era

Al-Farghal Mosque (Masjid Al-Farghal) 

Sultan Al-Farghal is Al-Arif Billah "Muhammad Bin Ahmed", born in early 810 AH corresponding to 1406 AD in the village of Bani Samie of Abutig center in Assiut governorate, due to his father's hand forward Hassan and the mother forward Hussein sons Ali bin Abi Talib Reda God for them all. 
Al-Farghal Mosque asyout abu tij
Sultan al-Farghal studied, the science of jurisprudence and modern interpretation and became a destination for people to draw from the flow of knowledge, and a large pole in Upper Egypt and the poles of great mysticism. 
Al-Farghal Mosque asyout abu tij
Sultan Al-Farghal Mosque, was in need of maintenance and renovation to fit those who frequented it, pointing out that the development work, where he built on the ruins of an old mosque dating back to the Mamluk era, and then rebuilt in the Ottoman era in the twelfth century AH 18 by the Prince Ali Kashif Jamal al-Din, 
Al-Farghal Mosque asyout abu tij
The mosque was demolished and rebuilt in 1412 AH / 1989. It has two minarets and the dome of the mausoleum of Sultan al-Farghal.
Al-Farghal Mosque asyout abu tij
El Farghal Mosque, with its twin minarets, is the largest mosque in Upper Egypt. Many people come to Abu Tig every year in July to visit El Farghal Mosque and celebrate at the El Farghal fair.

Thabet Monumental Bath (Hammam Sabet) 

Public baths had spread in Assiut during the Mamluk and Ottoman eras, due to the nature of life in this commercial city, and the need of its people, or those who frequented it, whether merchants or travelers, for these necessary services looks like hammam spas now.
Hammam Thabet A fixed bathroom consists of a rectangular entrance from which we enter the slaughterhouse. It is a square-shaped area with a stone watershed in the middle, rising above the surface of the ground. 
The watering hole is covered with colored marble panels, and in the middle is a stone pot with a hole from which water emerges. At the corners of the watering hole are 4 granite columns, carrying... 
A rattan roof includes windows for lighting and ventilation. The slaughterhouse includes sides for dressing and storing people’s trusts, and a desk for the pigeon owner to sit on. The slaughterhouse is surrounded by a floor of colored marble with geometric shapes.
There are two bathtubs in the bath, the first on the eastern side and the other on the western side of the heat house, each of which is a rectangular area and has a square basin. Each bath is covered by a semi-circular vault with openings covered with glass. The bath includes three special cleaning cells.

Al-Majzoub Monumental Barrage 

The archaeological bridge of Majzoub is considered one of the most important water installations in the governorate of Assiut. It was established in the year 1836AD-1251H during the reign of Muhammad Ali Pasha.

Al-Majzoub Monumental Barrage

Al-Mujahideen Mosque 

One of the oldest mosques in the Governorate of Assiut that dates back to the Ottoman Era, the Mosque of Al-Mujahedin was built on the ruins of a Mameluke mosque. It is considered one of the oldest high hanging Egyptian mosques.

Mujahideen Mosque
Mujahideen Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Assiut, and it is one of the hanging mosques, as it is located on a high hill.
Mujahideen Mosque

built of black burnt bricks surrounded by fine wooden decorations. A sign indicating the date of the mosque's construction date and founder hangs over the entrance. The Mosque of Al-Mujahedin (also spelled as Mugahedeen and Mojahedin) was modeled on the Ottoman style, with a massive quadrangular high Minaret distinguished with its fine decorations. The entrance of the mosque is decorated by wooden and stony paintings also distinguished by the Ottoman style.

Abo_Alouyon Mosque (Masjid Abo_Alouyon) 

Al-Amauoi Mosque (Al-Gami' Al-Kabeer) 

Al-Kashef Mosque (Masjid Al-Kashef) 

Assiut Religious Institute "Fouad the First"

Alexan Pasha Palace

Al-Kasan Pasha Palace is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Assiut, and the only one registered as an archaeological palace in the governorate. The palace extends over an area of more than 8 thousand square meters.

The Holy Family left the village of Meir and headed to Mount Qasqam, which is about 12 km west of the town of Al-Qusiya, located in the governorate of Assiut, about 327 km from Cairo, and 48 km north of the city of Assiut.



On the 24th day of the Coptic month of Bashans, which corresponds to the l st of June, the Coptic Church celebrates the entry of the Lord Jesus Christ into the land of Egypt. On that day, the churches throughout the length and breadth of the land that gave the Holy Family shelter resound with the words of the Doxology:

“Rejoice, Oh Egypt; Oh, people of Egypt and all ye Children of Egypt who live within its borders, rejoice and lift up your hearts, for the Lover of all mankind, He who has been before the beginning of ages, has come to you”.

Asyout Monasteries 

Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mountain of Dronka

The monastery of the Holy Virgin or Dair Durunka is located about 10 km south-west of Asyut city. It lays a little north of Rifa. Coming from the city of Asyut, the visitor takes the desert road along the foot of the mountain and passing by the village of Durunka and then, the monastery of Durunka. The monastery complex is located in the cliffside on the western bank of the Nile and elevated about 100 m, above sea level. It is belonging to the Diocese of Asyut and controlled by the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt.
Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mountain of Dronka
The monks called this monastery Aba Sawiris Monastery, who was one of the most popular monks of the monastery, who reached the position of head of the patriarchate. It is said that before his death he prophesied that at the moment of his death the mountain would split open and a huge stone block would fall over the church without causing any damage. Then, when a huge block of stone fell down on the church the monks of the monastery knew that Anba Sawiris had passed away, and they called this monastery the Monastery of Anba Sawiris .
Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mountain of Dronka
According to Coptic tradition, the Holy Family stayed in an ancient cave in this area after having left al-Muharraq in the journey back to Israel. Afterwards, on this cave the monastery was built. Therefore, this site is considered a holy place and thousands of pilgrimages come from all over Egypt to visit it every year. 2 The heart of the monastery contains that cave which has historical and religious value (Adly 1999). In the first century AD, the cave was converted into a church, and early Christians were resorted it during the times of the persecution by Roman Emperors (Capuani 2002; Meinardus 1965; Meinardus 1999).
Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mountain of Dronka

Church of the Holy Virgin (Cave-Church) 

The Church if the Holy Virgin is located to the right of the main entrance of the monastery. Parts of the ancient cave church of the Holy Virgin where the Holy family took refuge during their flight into Egypt in the time of King Herod are still accessible by flight of steps (Kamel 2011; Meinardus 1965; Meinardus 1999). The western part of the church of the Holy Virgin is the oldest part of this church which is cut into the rock of an ancient quarry from the Old Kingdom, while the eastern part was built on an artificial platform (Meinardus 1999; Clarke 1912). This ancient cave was inhabited by early Copts during the times of the Roman persecution. The cave was transformed into a church from the first to the end of third century AD. Then, the church was converted into a monastery by St. John of Asyut who inhabited this cave for thirty years in the fourth century AD.
Church of the Holy Virgin (Cave-Church)  dronka asyout
That is, inside the monastery is a cave, inside the cave is the church and inside the church is the house of the Holy Virgin al-‘Adra (Michka 2021). The normal subdivisions of the church are maintained; men’s division, next women’s division, choirs and lastly the altars. The entrance of the church is at the western end of the church within the ancient quarry (Clarke 1912). The ceiling of the quarry is slightly higher than the roof of the church which permitted the necessary light to get inside the church . The cave contains a new altar dating back to modern times dedicated to the Holy Virgin with a modern icon of the Last Supper at the top. The cave church also contains a main icon depicting the Holy Virgin sitting on the throne and carrying Jesus Christ with the twelve disciples .
Church of the Holy Virgin (Cave-Church)  dronka asyout

Church of the Archangel Michael 

Clarks mentions that the church of the Archangel Michael has the normal subdivisions; the western division for the women, then comes the men’s division, next the choir and lastly the sanctuary (haykal) on the east . The central altar is dedicated to the archangel Michael and the northern one is dedicated to Aba Bishoi. The eastern bays of the church are covered with brick domes, while the western section is roofed with beams covered with flat mud bricks .
Church of the Archangel Michael monastery

The Monastery of Rifa (Dair Rifa) 

The monastery of Rifa is located about 5 km. south of Durunka Complex and elevated about 66 m above sea level . The ancient town was the 11th Nome of Upper Egypt which was called Shashotep in ancient Egyptian times and extended from Durunka monastery in the north to Abu-Tig in the south (Regulski and Golia 2018).
The Monastery of Rifa (Dair Rifa)
The site of Dair Rifa and Rifa village was excavated by W. Petrie in 1907. He mentions that the rockcut ancient tombs at Rifa became in possession of the Copts . The excavations of Petrie reveal burials from the 7th dynasty down to the mediaeval times . Greek, Coptic and Arabic manuscripts were found there (Clarke 1912). Rifa monastery complexes are mentioned by Abu Al-Makarem in the 12th century and Al-Maqrizi in the 15th century AD (Evetts and Butler 1895; Regulski and Golia 2018).
The Monastery of Rifa (Dair Rifa)

Monastery of Manqabad - Asyut

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Monastery of Manqabad - Asyut

Al-Muharraq monastery - Asyut

The Monastery of Virgin Mary in Koskam or Deir el-Muharraq, also known as the Muharraq Monastery, Virgin Mary monastery and Mount Koskam Monastery, is a monastic complex of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria in Egypt.
Al-Muharraq monastery - Asyut
The Virgin Monastery, known as the Muharraq Monastery, is located at the foot of the western mountain, which the people of Upper Egypt call Mount Qusqam. The desert, hills, and sandbanks extend west of the monastery over vast distances along the desert. As for the north and east of the monastery, you can see the beautiful green fields that delights the soul.
This monastery of Mount Qasqam is considered one of the largest monasteries in the desert of Egypt, where the area of ​​​​the land of this monastery is more than 20 acres.

Al-Maqrizi mentioned in the 15th century AD that Jesus lived in this monastery for six months.

Ancient Muharraq Monastery Fort

The history of the fort began in 6th / 7th century. However some archaeologists dated back to the 8th century. It is one of the smallest keeps existing now in the inhabited monasteries. Generally speaking, keeps were built to protect the monks against barbarian fierce raids.
Ancient Muharraq Monastery Fort
The fort Chapel: 
It has one altar and its nave is divided into two small divisions by two pillars and a wooden partition in between. It seems that the two pillars are probably from ancient ages, were taken from a nearby pagan temples, which existed during the earliest ages of Christianity, as indicated from the broken capital of one of them.

Standing to the front of the nave, is a wooden lectern from which the “lectionary book” – the book of ritual readings – is read. It is believed to date back to the 12th century when the keep was renovated. The door of the church, as well as the other doors, is of the same design as those of The Holy Virgin Mary ancient church.

The Altar 
Is the most important content in the sanctuary; is cubic in shape and not equilateral. On its surface there is a marble with a semicircular edge where Greek inscription engraved. It reads “O, Lord repose the blessed Kulthos” dated Kyahk 15th, 463 A.M. (December 11th, 746 A.D. according to contemporary calendar of that period).

Coptic Church tradition, ‘the altar’ of The Holy Virgin Mary Church is located “in the midst of the land of Egypt”; this was to fulfill what the Lord has spoken by the prophet, saying: “In that day there will be an alter to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border.” (Isaiah 19:19). Entries to the sanctuary are all low-rise, which makes the believer passing through it, his head bowed in humility and respect for the house of the Lord.
Oil Lamps and Ostrich Eggs: 
While the church is considered a symbol of Heaven, the oil lamps and candles stand as a symbol for stars; for if the material sky is decorated with lights-stars, rather than should the spiritual Heaven also be decorated. 
Oil Lambs are placed in front of icons during the liturgy service, and lit with pure olive oil, standing for Jesus Christ who gleams through His saints; now a day, the only remaining oil lamb in the church, is that of the east wall within the sanctuary; and is always lit, so that no strange fire should be used in the church; as a symbol of what was said by the Lord to Moses, that the oil lambs be lighted constantly, (Exodus 27: 20 - 21). The east lamp also symbolizes the star which appeared to the wise men from the East in the Levant. 

Monastery Of The Great Martyr Mina - The Wondrous (The Hanging Monastery On Mount Abnoub

The Hanging Monastery of Saint Mina is one of the monasteries of the Assiut Governorate, lying in Abnoub city. The Asyut plateau was suitable for monastic settlement as it borders the east and the west, with mountains flanking the agricultural land. Four sites were selected for this study: Dayr al-Muʻallaq or Dayr Mar Mina al-Agaybi (literally, the “Hanging Monastery”), Dayr Durunka, Dayr Rifa, and Dayr al-Ganadla. Dayr Mar Mina is located on the eastern side of the Nile, while the other three sites, namely Durunka, Rifa, and al-Ganadla, are located on the western side.
Monastery Of The Great Martyr Mina - The Wondrous (The Hanging Monastery On Mount Abnoub
The village of El-Maabdna, which lies at the foot of the mountain, is situated on the outskirts of the city of Abnoub, roughly 35 kilometres northeast of Assiut. 
Monastery Of The Great Martyr Mina - The Wondrous (The Hanging Monastery On Mount Abnoub
We had to cross the Nile by ferry and then hire a car to the monastery. Making your way across the Nile in this part of Upper Egypt is a mini-vacation through Egypt’s natural elements: the lush, green agricultural lands, the calm waters of the Nile and the
 desert beyond.
Monastery Of The Great Martyr Mina - The Wondrous (The Hanging Monastery On Mount Abnoub
The Mar Mina Monastery is known as “Hanging” because it hangs on a cliff in the heart of the mountain. An ancient monastery of great historical and archaeological value was built some 170m high up in the mountain. The monastery belongs to the Abnoub and Fath parish. Built in the fourth century by Queen Helena, it surrounds an impenetrable fortress built over three floors. The fortress was renovated in 1998 under the supervision of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The area south of the monastery is home to many antiquities and the remains of an ancient Coptic town.
Monastery Of The Great Martyr Mina - The Wondrous (The Hanging Monastery On Mount Abnoub
paved road and staircase lead the visitor to the front of the fortress and its main entrance, from where one can go up to the first floor. There are three chambers on the first floor; the second floor has a room assigned for offerings, and the third floor contains another three rooms. Some rooms were built of brick, while others were sculpted in the mountains. Above the third floor, stairs lead visitors to the final part, including the monastery’s churches: one dedicated to Mar-Mina and Baba Athanasius and another to the Virgin Mary and the Archangel Michael. This church altar is fully carved into the mountain.
Monastery Of The Great Martyr Mina - The Wondrous (The Hanging Monastery On Mount Abnoub
The monastery’s history dates back to the fourth century AD. Many historians wrote about the history of monasteries, including al-Maqrizi in his plans and the face of 503. Al-Maqrizi wrote about the monastery’s location, access to it, and aspects of life there. Pope Athanasius, the Apostolic evident, came to this cave and resided there during his unity in the wilderness.
he monastery, which rises above the Nile in the viewpoint of Manfalut and Umm al-Kusur, stands opposite to an island surrounded by water called Shakalkil, on which are two villages, one called Shakalkil, the other Bani Shakir. This monastery keeps a festival at which Christians assemble and bears the name of Saint Mennas, one of the soldiers persecuted by Diocletian, so that he might abjure Christianity and worship idols. Still, as he remained constant in his faith, Diocletian caused him to be put to death on the 10th of Haziran or1 the 6th of Babah.

Meir Monumental Tombs

The necropolis of Meir (Arabic: مقابر مير, romanized: Maqābir Mayr, lit. 'cemetery of Mayr/Meir') is an archaeological site in Middle Egypt in the Asyut Governorate located on the west bank of the Nile. Here are the graves of the nomarchs, mayors and priests of Cusae from the ancient Egyptian Old and Middle Kingdom.
Meir Monumental Tombs, Asyut
The cemetery is named after the village of Meir at 27°27′N 30°45′E situated some 5 kilometers to the northeast of the cemetery and some 7 kilometers southwest of el-Qusiya (ancient Cusae).
Meir Monumental Tombs, Asyut
Meir was the functioning cemetery for Cusae, located in Egypt, approximately thirty to forty miles north of the city of Asyut. Meir functioned as an Old Kingdom–Middle Kingdom (6th–12th Dynasty) cemetery for the nomarchs of the fourteenth Nome of Upper Egypt.
Meir Monumental Tombs, Asyut
Below the hillside of the rock-cut tombs lies a cemetery that is specifically for the more common folk. The rock-cut tombs only functioned for nomarchs of the city of Cusae, which was a cult center for the Egyptian deity Hathor.
Meir Monumental Tombs, Asyut
Proof of Hathor worshiping was found on inscriptions on the walls of the rock-cut tombs, which included numerous mentioning of the priestesses of Hathor as well as numerous depictions of cows. Aylward Blackman was the primary excavator of the site and as a result he published six volumes of work pertaining to his findings. The tombs are laid out North to South along a hillside and Blackman labeled the chapel-tombs A–E. Meir is known to have one of the richest sources of Middle Kingdom tombs.It is also known for the tombs having extremely detailed reliefs illustrating daily life scenes. Examples of well excavated tombs of this site include the tombs of Ukh-Hotep and Pepyankh the Middle.
Meir Monumental Tombs, Asyut
The tombs at Meir date back to the 6th–12th Dynasty, and they were an important burial place for the rulers of the fourteenth Nome. When it was excavated by Aylward Blackman, it was given the letters A–E in order to signify the various rock-cut tombs. The tombs were cut out into a hillside and laid out from North to South. This site holds approximately seventy five tombs with interior decoration and countless others that have been pillaged or damaged through the years. Below the main rock-cut tomb site is a cemetery dedicated to the members of the city who were not nomarchs. Not much excavation was accomplished on this particular ‘commoner’ cemetery, there is essential no information regarding that site in any of the volumes of work done by any of the main excavators of Meir.

4 April 2024

Private Transfer From Cairo To Fayoum

Private Transfer From Cairo to Fayoum

Embarking on a journey from Cairo to Fayoum promises an adventure filled with rich history, stunning landscapes, and cultural immersion. Whether you're a history buff eager to explore ancient sites or a nature enthusiast seeking tranquility amidst lush oases, Fayoum has something to offer every traveler. In this blog post, we'll explore the convenience and comfort of opting for a private transfer from Cairo to Fayoum, ensuring a seamless travel experience from start to finish.

Private Transfer From Cairo To Fayoum

Why Choose a Private Transfer?

While there are various transportation options available for traveling from Cairo to Fayoum, a private transfer offers unparalleled convenience, flexibility, and comfort. Here are some compelling reasons to consider booking a private transfer for your journey:

Private Transfer From Cairo To Fayoum

1. Personalized Itinerary: With a private transfer, you have the freedom to customize your itinerary according to your preferences and schedule. Whether you wish to make stops along the way to explore attractions or simply enjoy a leisurely drive through the Egyptian countryside, the choice is yours.

2. Comfort and Privacy: Say goodbye to crowded buses or uncomfortable shared taxis. A private transfer allows you to travel in comfort and privacy, with a dedicated vehicle and professional driver at your disposal. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey without worrying about cramped quarters or noisy passengers.

3. Door-to-Door Service: Forget the hassle of navigating public transportation or arranging multiple transfers. With a private transfer, you'll enjoy door-to-door service, meaning you'll be picked up from your accommodation in Cairo and dropped off at your desired destination in Fayoum without any detours or delays.

4. Local Expertise: Your driver serves as more than just a chauffeur – they're also a knowledgeable guide who can offer insights into the region's history, culture, and landmarks. Whether you have questions about the sights along the way or need recommendations for places to visit in Fayoum, your driver is there to assist you every step of the way.

5. Peace of Mind: Traveling in a foreign country can sometimes be daunting, especially if you're unfamiliar with the local language or customs. By opting for a private transfer, you'll enjoy peace of mind knowing that your transportation needs are taken care of, allowing you to focus on enjoying your journey to Fayoum.

Exploring Fayoum:

Once you've arrived in Fayoum via your private transfer from Cairo, you'll find yourself immersed in a world of natural beauty and cultural wonders. Here are just a few highlights to look forward to during your time in Fayoum:

Private Transfer From Cairo To Fayoum

1. Lake Qarun: Explore the serene shores of Lake Qarun, Egypt's third-largest lake and a haven for birdwatchers, fishermen, and nature enthusiasts. Take a boat ride on the tranquil waters, admire the surrounding desert landscape, and learn about the lake's ecological importance.

2. Wadi El Hitan: Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wadi El Hitan, also known as the Valley of the Whales. This breathtaking desert landscape is home to fossilized remains of ancient whales and other marine creatures, offering a fascinating glimpse into Egypt's prehistoric past.

3. Karanis: Step back in time at the archaeological site of Karanis, an ancient Greco-Roman city dating back to the third century BCE. Explore the ruins of temples, baths, and houses, and marvel at the well-preserved artifacts that offer insights into daily life in ancient Egypt.

Private Transfer From Cairo To Fayoum

Embarking on a private transfer from Cairo to Fayoum opens up a world of possibilities for travelers seeking convenience, comfort, and flexibility. Whether you're drawn to Fayoum's natural beauty, historical sites, or cultural heritage, a private transfer ensures that your journey is as seamless and enjoyable as possible. So sit back, relax, and let the adventure begin as you explore the wonders of Fayoum, one of Egypt's hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

16 January 2024

Tunis Villas for rent |Tunis Paradise Villa Fayoum

Tunis Paradise Villa Fayoum

Tunis Paradise Villa Fayoum one of the most elegant villas in Tunis Village in Fayoum .Tunis village - Fayoum is a paradise for nature lovers , only 120 km from Cairo . Your perfect destination to spend quality time with family / friends , and to creat memories that will last forever.

Tunis Villas for rent |Tunis Paradise Villa Fayoum

Tunis Paradise Villa is located in Tunis village on a hill facing Qarun lake, overlooks a stunning view of the edge of the desert on the other side of the lake and the green fields beneath , one of the most beautiful and relaxing places in Egypt.

Tunis Villas for rent |Tunis Paradise Villa Fayoum

Tunis Paradise Villa is located in an ideal spot in Tunis Village , within walking distance you can reach pottery galleries , restaurants and Qaroun lake.

• All activities can be managed , - Valley of the whales desert safari - Doing pottery - Horse backriding - Sandboarding - Sunset dinner in the desert.

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The Villa is very spacious with high ceilings and numerous sitting areas. You can enjoy the huge Indoor open courtyard and garden overlooking the lake.

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The Villa is right in the middle of Tunis village with private parking where you can enjoy your privacy and at the same time in the middle of all the attractions.

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2 December 2023

Byoum Villas for sale in Al Fayoum

Byoum Standalone Villas & Twin Villas for sale in Al Fayoum

Al Fayoum’s varied landscape of fertile green field, desert and open water alongside its rich tapestry of architectural relics and antiquities make it a fascinating and enticing prospect for visitors. People can enjoy the treasures of bygone eras while experiencing a diverse range of outdoor activities from bird watching to sand boarding.

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Wadi Al Hittan Al Fayoum

A UNESCO world heritage site, Wadi El Hitan is home to the remains of over 400 now-extinct whales, some up to an astonishing 18m in length. Meaning ‘Valley of the Whales’, Wadi El Hitan is criss-crossed by a network of walking tracks leading to a treasure trove of rare skeletons and fossils which is considered among the finest in the world. Its beauty and historical significance make Wadi El Hitan an ideal spot for camping, hiking and stargazing.

camping, hiking and stargazing.

Waterfalls of Wadi El Rayan

With its stunning waterfalls, Wadi El Rayan is among Egypt’s most revered nature reserves. Centered on two manmade lakes, Wadi El Rayan’s vast and mesmerizing white desert features multiple sand dunes and is host to an unparalleled diversity of bird species and rare animals, including falcons, eagles and white gazelles, along with sand and fennec foxes.

Waterfalls of Wadi El Rayan

This rich tapestry of wildlife and scenery makes Wadi El Rayan an ideal site for bird watching, picnicking, or just enjoying the stunning surroundings. For the ultimate ‘back to nature’ experience, wooden rowboats can be rented for a mini cruise around the awe-inspiring waterfalls, which link Wadi El Rayan’s twin lakes and are reputed to be Egypt’s largest.

Waterfalls of Wadi El Rayan

Tunis Village Al Fayoum

Founded by a swiss couple in the early 1970s, Tunis Village is a vibrant pottery school and workshop. Nestled amidst lush greenery in a group of buildings constructed in the traditional curvaceous mud-brick style, the pottery center hosts an annual festival for pottery and other hand-made crafts. Just five minutes from Tunis Village, Byoum Residence offers the perfect home for creative minds. There’s no better place to free your mind and unleash the artist in you.

Tunis Village Al Fayoum

The Magic Lake in Fayoum 

After a day of hiking in the picturesque Gabal Medawara, head to the crystal blue waters of Magic lake and feast your eyes on one of its jaw-dropping sunsets; an experience that is guaranteed never to be forgotten. The lake is a great spot for kayaking and other water-borne activities , as well as sandboarding and zip-lining. Theres no better place for thrillseekers to make camp: just sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful star-studded skies that only the wilderness can bring.

Qussoor El Arab Al Fayoum

Beginners and experienced boarders alike will enjoy riding the dunes at Qussoor El Arab, Al fayoum’s number one spot for an action-packed sand boarding experience. Perfect for families, October to April is the best time to hit the dunes.

Qussoor El Arab Al Fayoum

Qarun Lake National Park Al Fayoum

Lake Qarun one of Egypt’s most treasured natural landmarks, Lake Qaroun’s existence can be traced back thousands of years. Now a routine resting stop on the southern migratory route for thousands of birds, large numbers of flamingoes, grey herons, spoonbills and various duck species can be seen at the lake at certain times of year. The luxurious Byoum Residence overlook the spellbinding lake, and birdwatchers in particular will marvel at the magnificent sights unfolding before their eyes.

Karanis Kom Ushim Museum Al Fayoum

Built by the ptolemies in the third century BC, Karanis is one of the oldest GrecoRoman cities in Al Fayoum. Once home to thousands through most of this vast ancient settlement is now in ruins its remains are a sight to behold. With two temples dedicated to Sobek, the God of crocodiles and an ancient royal Roman bath, Karanis also hosts a museum showcasing rare artifacts, including spectacular remnants of jewelery, glassware and pottery.

Karanis Kom Ushim Museum Al Fayoum

Dimieh El Sebaa Al Fayoum

Just three kilometers from Lake Qaroun, Dimieh El Sabaa was historically one of the region’s significant trading stations. This former Ancient Greek city houses many treasures and delights, including a small Greek stone temple and the remains of the old city walls and its ancient roads.

Meidum Pyramid

Meidum Pyramid is the first Ancient Egyptian pyramid to have an above-ground burial chamber. Out of its original eight levels structure, only three levels have survived the test of time. Believed to be only the second pyramid ever built (after the groundbreaking pyramid of Djoser), Medium’s architectural significance makes it well worth a visit.

Meidum Pyramid fayoum

Qasr El Sagha In Fayoum

Ovelooking Lake Qaroun and the breathtaking Qatrani Mountain, Kasr El Sagha is an architectural enigma. Construction began between 2000 and 1700 BC, though for reasons unknown it was never completed. Its architectural style is highly unusual, with irregularly shaped sandstone blocks pieced together to ensure structural integrity in the style of an Inca building.

Qasr El Sagha In Fayoum

Byoum Residence In Fayoum

Only 120 km away from the hustle and bustle of Cairo, Byoum is an oasis of calm and the ultimate refuge from the stresses of modern life. The resort also offers plenty of unique activities, including sandboarding, desert safari expeditions and bird watching. Byoum’s residential project provides standalone villas with vast private gardens and apartments with prime landscaping views.

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Byoum Residence is ideally situated just 90km away from the buzzing city of Cairo, offering an absolute escape from the stresses and strains of city life. The development occupies 447,720 m2 of land and encompasses a diverse range of real estate products, a 4 star hotel and a commercial area. Taking its name from the Coptic Egyptian for ‘sea’ or ‘lake’.

Bayoum Standalone Villas & Twin Villas for sale in Al Fayoum

Byoum Residence is encircled by a promenade which overlooks Lake Qaroun, reputed to be one of the world’s oldest natural lakes and a majestic natural barrier on the opposite side of the site. All dwellings benefit from spectacular views of the water, combining nature’s raw beauty with the advantages of a luxurious, modern day compound.

Bayoum Standalone Villas & Twin Villas for sale in Al Fayoum

Byoum Villas

Byoum Villas Overlooking the shimmering blue waters of lake karoon is a group of intricately designed arabian style villas. The standalone villas are offered in two, three or four bedrooms. The byoum experience is emphasized with the villas’ vibrant indoor garden, outdoor private garden and direct access to the rooftop terrace.

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Byoum Twin Villas

Built on elevated land, the spectacular twin villas boast an interrupted and captivating view of the pristine blue waters of lake karoon. Fusing the iconic authenticity and simplicity of nubian architecture with a sleek and chic modern finish. The two-story twin villas are comprised of three bedrooms, embellished with a private garden and direct access to a rooftop terrace.

Bayoum Twin Villas

Byoum Apartments

From two bedroom apartments to cozy studios, the kayrawany apartments enjoy a breathtaking view of lake karoon, and byoum’s refreshing swimming pools. The apartments have access either to a private garden or a rooftop terrace. All units are delivered fully finished. All homeowners will be granted access to the main buildings swimming pools.

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Built on elevated land, the two-story twin villas offer three bedrooms, a private garden and direct access to a rooftop terrace. Boasting uninterrupted and captivating views of the pristine blue waters of Lake Qaroun, the twin villas fuse the iconic authenticity and simplicity of nubian architecture with a sleek and chic modern finish.

Bayoum Standalone Villas & Twin Villas for sale in Al Fayoum

Bayoum Standalone Villas & Twin Villas for sale in Al Fayoum

Orascom Development Holding (ODH), the Group holding company headquartered in Switzerland, is a leading developer of fully integrated destinations; featuring hotels, private villas and apartment compounds, leisure facilities, outdoor offerings such as golf courses and marinas and all necessary infrastructures. Over several decades ODH has developed many global destinations. The company’s diversified portfolio of destinations is spread over seven countries; Egypt, Switzerland, Montenegro, Oman, UAE, United Kingdom and Morocco.

The Group currently operates ten destinations; five in Egypt (El Gouna, Makadi Heights, Taba Heights, Byoum Al Fayoum and OWest), The Cove in the United Arab Emirates, Jebel Sifah and Hawana Salalah in Oman, Luštica Bay in Montenegro and Andermatt in Switzerland. Orascom Development is listed in the SIX Swiss Exchange. ODH currently owns a land bank of 101 million sqm and 33 hotels with a total number of 7,177 rooms.

Orascom Development Egypt (ODE) a subsidiary of ODH is an integrated developer of resort towns in Egypt. ODE currently owns a land bank of 49.9 million sqm distributed over five Destinations; El Gouna on the Red Sea Coast, Taba Heights in the Sinai Peninsula and Makadi Heights in the Red Sea district, O West in West Cairo and Byoum in Al Fayoum.

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