country = Egypt
name = Faiyum
native_name = محافظة الفيوم
map_caption = Map of Egypt with Faiyum highlighted
population = 307731
population_as_of = 2005
Faiyum Governorate (Arabic: محافظة الفيوم; from Coptic: Coptic|'Ⲫⲓⲟⲙ "Efiom", meaning "the Sea") is one of the governorates of
Egyptlocated in the middle of the country. Its capital is the city of Faiyum, located about 81 mi (130 km) southwest of Cairo. It has a population of 307,731 (2005), [ [http://www.mongabay.com/igapo/2005_world_city_populations/Egypt.html 2005 World City populations] ]
Location and Settings
The governorate of Faiyum comprises a number of cities and towns. Besides its capital city of
Faiyum, there are Senurisand Tomiato the north, and Senaruand Auuksaon the road to the lake.
The governorate of Faiyum includes:
* The large fertile
Faiyum Oasis, which comprises farmland, Lake Moeris, and some cities.
* South of the
Faiyum Oasis, a smaller depression contains the town of El Gharaq el Sulţāni. It is also irrigated from the Nile.
* A dry barren depression named
Wadi Elrayan, which covers 280 mi² (725 km²), west of the El Gharaq el Sulţāni depression.
* Desert and dry mountains, which mostly surround the depressions.
*In Etsa region there are many ancient places like Madi city,
Faiyum mummy portraits
* [http://www.fayoum.gov.eg/ Fayoum Governorate] Official website
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