Key Dates in Siwan History

7th century B.C.E.: Temple of Amon constructed.
331 B.C.E.: Alexander the Great visits Siwa to consult the famous Oracle of Amon, seeking confirmation that he is the son of the god Zeus-Amon.
1203: The town of Shali is founded.
1792: After 2,000 years of relative isolation, the first European visitor comes to Siwa.
19th century: Siwa becomes part of modern Egypt.
1985: A road between the Marsa Matruh coast and Siwa is opened.