The huge wooden
wadi el rayan
Originally named Crocodilopolis, then Arsinoe, Medinet
El-Fayoum was the main place of worship of the crocodile
god, Sobek. Apparently, during ancient Medinet,
crocodiles were adorned with gold and fed honey cakes
and meat by the priests.
Of interest are the huge wooden waterwheels, another
incredible engineering feat by the ancient Egyptians,
though less known than the mighty Pyramids. The waters
of the Bahr Yusef are distributed throughout the oasis
from Medinet, the capital of the Fayoum. Approximately
200 of the great waterwheels are located throughout the
oasis. The Seven Waterwheels, a Fayoum landmark, are
surrounded by mangos, palms and willows.
A great stone obelisk was erected in honor of Senwosret
I in Abgig during the 12th Dynasty. It was discovered on
the ground in two pieces during the 18th century and was
recently reconstructed and erected in Medinet.
Transfers on the
spot by private air-conditioned minibus, with driver and
English speaking guide
Entry fees for the sites
Hotel pick up is
available from all Cairo hotels. Please advise your full
hotel name and address at time of booking.
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