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Egyptian school children dressed in traditional outfits, gather during a celebration to mark the inauguration of the fortress of Shali following its restoration, in the Egyptian desert oasis of Siwa, some 600 kms southwest of the capital Cairo, on November 6, 2020. – The 13th century edifice, called Shali or “Home” in the Siwi language, was built by Berber populations, using kershef, a mixture of clay, salt and rock which acts as a natural insulator in an area where the summer heat can be scorching.
After it was worn away by erosion, and then torrential rains in 1926, the European Union and Egyptian company Environmental Quality International (EQI) from 2018 sought to restore the building, at a cost of over $600,000. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)