The Well of the Souls was a secret chamber located inside the ancient city of Tanis where the Ark of the Covenant was kept.


The Well of the Souls was built after the Ark of the Covenant was taken to Tanis by Shishak in the year 980 BC. Shishak created the Well of the Souls to hide the Ark of the Covenant from Amun-Ra, the Egyptian sun god.

By 1936, the Well was infested with snakes that slithered in through the walls. Indiana Jones and Sallah found the chamber and recovered the Ark, but Sallah was captured by Nazis who dropped the rope, trapping Jones. Marion Ravenwood was thrown into the chamber with Jones and locked in by the Nazis.

During their escape, Jones broke through one of the walls of the chamber, revealing a room filled with many mummified corpses that frightened Ravenwood.

Behind the scenesEdit


A pair of droids from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

One wall in the Well of the Souls features the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars. Another pillar also has pictures of the droids.

Three thousand snakes were ordered months in advance, but when the production crew laid out the snakes, they discovered that 3,000 was no where near enough to carpet the set as the scenes called for. Another 7,000 snakes were procured, for a total of 10,000 snakes.

While the Well of the Souls featured in the film is depicted in Egypt, there is an actual "Well of Souls" in real life from which the legend of the Ark is based. It can be found under the Foundation Stone under the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. The well is accessable to visitors as a stairwell has been made for storing the Ark beneath the stone in case of war.



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