Western Desert Oases

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  • 1. Aghurmi

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This was the first fortified settlement in the oasis, built on the site of the ancient Oracle of Amun, which lies ruined within its walls. While...Read More

  • 2. Al-Muzawaka

    Ruins

    While the two vividly painted Roman-era tombs that made this windswept necropolis famous have been closed for many years, it is still an interesting...Read More

  • 3. Ancient Rock Inscriptions

    Ruins

    A collection of inscriptions on a sandstone outcrop just off the highway near Teneida, some 45 km (28 mi) east of Mut, attests to Dakhla's earliest...Read More

  • 4. Antiquities Office

    Museum/Gallery

    The local antiquities office sells a combination ticket that includes admission to the five major sights—the Mummy Exhibit, the Tombs of Zed...Read More

  • 5. Badr Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The small, constantly evolving museum, which was built from mud-bricks by the local artist Badr ‘Abd al-Moghny, is a multilevel castle of the...Read More

  • 6. Bagawat Necropolis

    Ruins

    Hundreds of mud-brick chapels spill over the crest of a hill at this early Christian cemetery. They date from a time between the 4th and 7th...Read More

  • 7. Bir al-Ghaba

    Hot Spring

    The "forest spring" is a hot spring traditionally reserved for visitors. It lies in a small forest of eucalyptus trees, reached by a picturesque...Read More

  • 8. Bir Wahed

    Hot Spring

    This hot spring and picturesque lake amid dunes were created accidentally by exploratory drilling for oil in the late 1980s. The firm found...Read More

  • 9. Black Desert

    Nature Sight

    South of Bawiti lies the Black Desert, a Martian landscape of orange sand and black peaks formed by a string of ancient volcanoes. Off-road...Read More

  • 10. Cleopatra's Bath

    Hot Spring

    It's rumored that Cleopatra once swam in this freshwater spring east of town. Nowadays local men frequent the deep circular pool, while women...Read More

  • 11. Deir al-Ghanayim

    Ruins

    Also known simply as Al-Deir (which means "the monastery"), this Roman mud-brick fortress with 12 towers once guarded the main caravan route...Read More

  • 12. Deir al-Hagar

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Shifting sands played no small role in preserving this small sandstone temple, which was commissioned by the Roman emperor Nero and continued...Read More

  • 13. Deir al-Kashef

    Ruins

    The mud-brick monastery overlooks one of the most important caravan crossroads in the Western Desert. The imposing ruin contains a honeycomb...Read More

  • 14. Ethnographic Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Old Al-Qasr is a protected historical site and conservation work is currently underway. The small, privately run museum near the tour center...Read More

  • 15. Fatnes Island

    Island

    Dubbed "Fantasy Island," it is a popular outing on the shimmering salt lake of Birket Siwa. The lush island is an ideal picnic spot and best...Read More

  • 16. Fortress of Nadura

    Ruins

    On a desert hill east of the main road to Asyut is this Roman mud-brick fort and temple that once guarded the caravan routes. The site is in...Read More

  • 17. Jebal al-Dakrour

    Town/Village

    This spot is known for its traditional rheumatism treatments, which include being buried up to your neck in the hot sand that pours off the...Read More

  • 18. Jebal al-Mawta

    Ruins

    The conical hill just north of town is honeycombed with tombs. The finest, the Tomb of Si-Amun, depicts a wealthy merchant with curly hair and...Read More

  • 19. Mut al-Kharab

    Ruins

    A red mound beyond the cemetery at the southwest corner of town marks the remains of an ancient city dedicated to the goddess Mut, consort of...Read More

  • 20. New Valley Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The small, well-organized museum is a perfect finale to a trip to the Western Desert oases. The collection spans more than 15,000 years of New...Read More

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