The cone-shaped Mountain of the Dead contains thousands of rock-cut tombs, whose inscriptions helped to date the oldest tombs in them. According to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, burials continued in these cemeteries until late Roman times.
Mountain of the Dead in Siwa Oasis
Egypt is a country with a rich history and it is possible to see archaeological monuments in all regions of the country. The Mountain of the Dead in Siwa is yet another of these archaeological landmarks and among things recommended when you take Trips from Cairo to Siwa Oasis
Siwa Oasis is located about 560 kilometers from Cairo, and here is one of the most important burial sites of the 26th dynasty, the Mountain of the Dead.
Gebel Al Mawta Siwa
Mountain of the Dead, in Arabic (Gabal Al-Mawta), located in Siwa Oasis is a Mountain where several tombs were carved on its base, terraces, and at the top. Most of them are tombs for Romans and they differ in terms of shape and size, some of them are just small pits on the ground while other tombs are symmetrically carved with recesses and rooms inside.
The mountain is one of the main attractions of Siwa Oasis. The discovery of the Mountain of the Dead took place in 1944, during World War II.
History tells that the people of Siwa went to the mountain to hide when German, British and Italian troops were fighting in this part of the desert. Along the way, they discovered the existence of the pharaonic tombs.
Local legend says Alexander the Great may also be buried there. However, his grave was never found yet.
When you go to the Siwa Oasis from Cairo, you will visit the Mountain of the Dead which holds thousands of graves cut into its rocky bed, where inscriptions helped date the oldest graves for researchers and scholars. Burials continued in this cemetery until the end of the Roman era.