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Yusuf or Joseph Well in the Citadel: description, facts, history

Ticket Price: Included in the entrance fee to the Citadel EGP
Location: Inside the Citadel of Saladin, Caro
Open: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM daily
Accessibility: Not wheelchair friendly
Guide: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese
Tour Type: Historical
Photography: Allowed

This famous well, which goes down 97 meters to the level of the Nile is situated in the Citadel under a tower. It was used to supply the inhabitants of the fortress with fresh water using power of donkeys.

A famous Yusuf’s Well, which goes down 97 meters to the level of the Nile is situated in the Citadel under a tower. Water seeps to the well from the river through natural channels. The great central shaft is surrounded by a spiral staircase that gives the well its local name Bir al-Halazun, "well of the snail".

The name Yusuf/Joseph was one of Salah el-Din’s. The well was dug during his time by Crusader prisoners. When in use, the rock stairs were covered with earth so that donkeys could carry the water up and down the ramp. Two aqueducts also supplied the Citadel, discharging water near the base of the hill that was then raised to the top by a series of water wheels.


Published: 2018-12-14
Last update: 2019-01-04