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Fayoum



Fayoum
Introduction

1. Medinet Madi

2. Qasr Qarun and Dionysias

3. Karanis

4. Lake Qarun

5. Wadi Rayan

6. Fayoum City

7. Water wheels

8. Qasr el-Sagha

9. Umm el-Baragat

10. Dimai

11. Monastery of Gabriel

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FAYOUM OASIS
Medinet Madi, or Narmuthis

Entrance to the temple area at Medinet Madi, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

Entrance to the temple area at Medinet Madi.

Facade of the Sobek part of the twin temple at Medinet Madi, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

Facade of the Sobek part of the twin temple at Medinet Madi.


Sphinx avenue at Medinet Madi, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

Remains of the Spinx avenue.

Wall-decorations in Medinet Madi, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

The best-preserved interior decorations from the temple part dedicated to the serpent-goddess Renenutet.

Another temple at Medinet Madi, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

Second temple at Medinet Madi. This has a twin sanctuary.

Well-excavated ruins of Narmuthis, Medinet Madi, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

Well-excavated ruins of Narmuthis.

Getting to Medinet Madi, or Narmuthis, is half the fun. I had a taxi driver zigzagging through the poorest villages of Fayoum, on badly surfaced roads late in the afternoon. When we finally made it out there, all you could see from a distance was a small square shape on top of a long mound.
After running across the field and climbing up the mound, and seeing that the shape was only a palm frond hut, I shouted a bad word. But then suddenly, I saw Medinet Madi appearing underneath me. And it was quite a surprise, with its long temple and a ruined city in the background.
Medinet Madi is considered to be the most interesting site around Fayoum, yet it is one of few such places in Egypt where there is no entrance fee.
The main temple of Medinet Madi was built under the pharaohs Amenemhet 3 and 4, who belonged to the 12th Dynasty. It was dedicated to two deities, the popular crocodile-god Sobek and the serpent-goddess Renenutet. Inside the latter sanctuary some wall-decorations can still be made out.



By Tore Kjeilen