Egypt: Siwa and the Western Desert - James Beriau

Jan. 21, 2013. A timed exposure of the ruins of the ancient mudbrick town of Shali from the terrace of our villa we rented for a week in Siwa. Built in 1203 to house the 40 survivors of a tribal attack on the nearby settlement of Aghurmi, this walled, hilltop town protected the entire Siwan population for centuries. Though the houses were abandoned in 1926 after heavy rain, the steep maze of streets can still be explored, and several buildings have been rebuilt and restored.