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PHOTO GALLERY: Sannur Cave, one of Egypt's unique protectorates


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The main entrance of Sannur Cave at Wadi Sannur (Photo: Butheina Shalan)
Sannur Cave
The protected area of Wadi Sannur (Photo: Butheina Shalan)
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Workers inside the Sannur Cave at Wadi Sannur (Photo: Butheina Shalan)
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Limestone formations rising from the floor and descending from the ceiling at Sannur Cave in Wadi Sannur (Photo: Butheina Shalan)
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A tourist inside Sannur Cave in Wadi Sannur (Photo: Butheina Shalan)
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A tourist inside Sannur Cave in Wadi Sannur (Photo: Butheina Shalan)
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Limestone formations rising from the floor and descending from the ceiling at Sannur Cave in Wadi Sannur (Photo: Butheina Shalan)
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Stalactite formations descending from the ceiling at Sannur Cave in Wadi Sannur (Photo: Butheina Shalan)
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Sannur Cave was recognised as a protected area in 1992, and is located 70 kilometres east of Beni Sueif Governorate and about 200 kilometres from Cairo

Sannur Cave extends for about 700 metres. Fifteen metres wide and 15 metres deep, it consists mainly of limestone overlaid with alabaster created by thermal springs in the middle Eocene period about 60 million years ago. 

Its unique geological formations, known as stalactites and stalagmites, formed beautifully over millions of years.

The importance of this cave is due to the rarity of these natural formations in Egypt.

All photos by Butheina Shalan

 

 

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