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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Qilaa al-Dabba

    Ruins

    These small mastaba tombs are significant in that their discovery provided the first evidence that Dakhla was known to the Old Kingdom....Read More

  • 15. Shali

    Ruins

    Siwans once inhabited a fortified settlement at Aghurmi, just east of Siwa town, but by the 13th century AD their numbers had been reduced to...Read More

  • 16. Temple of Ain al-Muftillah

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Once thought to be four separate chapels, this temple was built during the 26th Dynasty by the governor of the oasis (his tomb was among those...Read More

  • 17. Temple of Alexander the Great

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Surrounding this desolate ruin made of sandstone are more ruins of mud-brick storerooms and living quarters. The sanctuary contains the eroded...Read More

  • 18. 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

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