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Kom Oshim El Fayoum

Kom Oshim El Fayoum

Fayoum was once considered an area of wealthy farmers and upper class citizens of Greek and Roman ethnicities. The history still remains in this region and serves as a reminder of times gone by and the influences of past rulers and their impact on Egypt. 

Fayoum region is situated about 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Central Cairo and is a hotspot for avid bird watchers and nature lovers 
The most accessible of the ancient sites in the Fayoum id Kom Oshim, 30km northeast of Fayoum City, where the Cairo road descends into the depression. Ask a bus or taxi driver to drop you at Mathaf Kom Oshim, the small museum by the road. Its curator speaks good English and is keen to explain details. Pottery and glassware, terracotta figures used for modeling hairstyles and two lifelike “Fayoum Portraits” convey the wealth and sophistication of the ancient farming town whose ruins lie atop a huge mound rising 12m above the surrounding plain.
The ruins of Karanis show the layout of this Ptolemaic Roman town, founded by Greek mercenaries and their camp followers during the third century BC, which had a population of three thousand or so until the fifth century AD. Although the mud-brick houses have been reduced to low walls, two stone temples are better preserved. The larger one was built towards the end of the first century BC and dedicated to two local crocodile gods; priests kept a live crocodile in the sanctuary, feeding it on raw meat and honey cakes.

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