Western Desert Oases

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  • 1. Aghurmi

    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....Read More

  • 2. Ancient Rock Inscriptions

    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...Read More

  • 3. Deir al-Ghanayim

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

  • 4. Deir al-Kashef

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

  • 5. Fortress of Nadura

    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...Read More

  • 6. Jebal al-Mawta

    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

  • 7. Mut al-Kharab

    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...Read More

  • 8. Qasr al-Dush

    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-Arba'in—the...Read More

  • 9. Qasr al-Ghueita

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

  • 10. Qasr al-Labeka

    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 escarpment....Read More

  • 11. Qasr al-Zayyan

    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 well...Read More

  • 12. Qilaa al-Dabba

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

  • 13. Shali

    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

  • 14. Temple of Ain al-Muftillah

    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...Read More

  • 15. Temple of Alexander the Great

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

  • 16. Temple of Hibis

    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...Read More

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