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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
Dimai

Dimai, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

Dimai was originally a Graeco-Roman town called Soknopaiou Nesos, which means "Island of the Crocodile god" in Greek. Although it dates back to Ptolemaic period, it was probably settled for milennias before this.
Dimai was the first of the original ancient settlements of Fayoum to be abandoned, and lies today in an arid region where no agriculture is any longer possible. Dimai one of is the sight around Fayoum offering least information of its past, although a processional way to the remains of a temple dedicated to Soknopaios still exists. There are also remains of the mudbrick wall that ringed the city, a wall that was 10 metres high and 5 metres thick.



By Tore Kjeilen