Given the interest in the Prince Farouk Hotel in Siwa in the years between the two world wars I have tried to investigate and find other information but with poor results apart from some other images taken from the film made by Baroness Ullens de Schooten's in 1926 at Siwa. It seems that in the 1940s the hotel was still in operation as one of the photographs appears in a publication of 1942 but it is not sure (It could be a photo of previous years). A curious thing to investi
During the British occupation of Egypt, Siwa became a tourist attraction. Unlike the travelers of the past, who made the journey under peril, the colonialists booked trips via the Libyan Oases Association in Alexandria, owned and operated by Captain Hillier, formerly of the Frontier District Administration. Clients had a choice of a nine-day tour by rail and coach via Mersa Matruh or a month-long camel safari via Wadi Natrun and Qattara Depression. Once in Siwa, they enjoyed
Information search on the Siwa Oasis in the Egyptian texts prior to the 26th Dynasty: Georges Daressy, in a 1926 article on ASAE XVI publishes an inscription containing topographical references relating to the Libyan desert area that refer to a "Fortress of the Sands" already present in documents of the Ramesside period relating to military campaigns against the Libyans. (see texts on the Medinat Habu pylon). Daressy identifies in this "Fortress of the Sands" the Oasis of Siw
The first photographs available, to my knowledge, of the temple are the two taken by Hermann Burchardt on his journey to the Ammon Oasis in 1893 and recently published by Stefano Struffolino.
In these photos the two walls are still standing with the three covering blocks still in place, as they were taken only by the drawings of early nineteenth-century travelers.
In the two photographs of Burchardt the gateway designed by Linant de Bellefonds in 1819 is no longer visible.