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About Fayoum

Fayoum city ( Madinat Al Fayoum )

Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824 – 1904 ), View of Medinet El-Fayoum, c. 1868/1870, oil on wood, Chester Dale Fund 2013.62.1

The city of Fayoum is the largest city in the Fayoum province and the Capital of the modern Fayoum Governorate. Originally called Shedet in Ancient Egypt, the Greeks called it Crocodilopolis or Krocodilopolis, the Romans called it Arsinoë and the Arabs Madinat Al Fayoum.  It is one of Egypt’s oldest cities, possibly the world and it was the seat of worship of the crocodile god, “Sobek”. Continue reading Fayoum city ( Madinat Al Fayoum )