Western Desert Oases

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Qasr al-Dush

    Ruins

    The legend that the temple here was covered in gold conveys the strategic importance of this hilltop fortress. As well as ruling over Darb al...Read More

  • 7. Qasr al-Ghueita

    Ruins

    A Persian temple built on an earlier pharaonic site and continued under the Ptolemies, this sandstone temple was dedicated to the Theban triad...Read More

  • 8. Qasr al-Labeka

    Ruins

    The Roman mud-brick fortress, which was built between the 3rd and 5th centuries AD, occupies a sand-choked wadi at the base of the northern...Read More

  • 9. Qasr al-Zayyan

    Ruins

    The temple at Qasr al-Zayyan is dedicated to the local deity Amenibis (Amun of Hibis), protector of the oasis. The temple's sandstone gate is...Read More

  • 10. Temple of Hibis

    Ruins

    This temple is one of only a handful of surviving Persian monuments in Egypt. It was built during the reign of the emperor Darius I (510–490...Read More

  • 11. Tourist Friends Association

    Visitor Center

    The Tourist Friends Association organizes free guided tours of the city's sights, including visits to local carpet-making, pottery, and date...Read More

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