Harkening back to the ancient days of the region, Castle Zaman provides the modern visitor with a glimpse into the Sinai's rich and varied ancient culture.
Reminiscent of ancient ruins, Castle Zaman is built as a fictional excavation site on a prominent cliff-side along the Taba-Nuweiba Road. The exact site signifies a landmark on the ancient road connecting St. Catherine's Monastery with Jerusalem.
Castle Zaman is located 40km south of Eilat, Israel, and 50km away from the Naqb airport in Taba, Egypt.
Overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, this impressive monument commands a dramatic, mountainous view of four countries (Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt). The castle also boasts its own private beach, the only untouched sandy beach in the region. In addition, the site hosts the most spectacular coral reef from Taba to Dahab; ideal for snorkeling.
Strict adherence has been given to ancient construction techniques, which were revived specifically for the project. Every single stone has been handpicked from nearby mountains. Neither metal nor concrete were used in the castle's construction. To maintain authenticity, and to accord with historically accurate architectural design, only local materials were used in the construction. A true architectural achievement, the castle revives ancient techniques of building stone vaults and cross vaults.
Special attention has also been given to make the project eco-friendly. Reclaimed wood has been used in all construction and furniture. Chandeliers and lighting fixtures are all handcrafted from recycled glass bottles, and works of local pottery are also used to highlight the fine detailing of the castle.
An underground treasure room (gift shop) has been excavated from beneath the castle. Here you can experience the marvel of an ancient party trick. Midday on April 22, August 20, December 31, and January 1, a sunbeam passes directly through a hole, and subsequently through a glass lens, to magically light a candle in the darkness of the dungeon. This striking, Abu Simbel-like shrine has been constructed to evoke images of pharonic times. The treasure room exhibits a unique collection of art craft (pottery, cotton, candles, jewelry etc.) all hand made in Egypt, mostly not available in the regular souvenir shops.
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