Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Daily Photo - Al Bagawat (Kharga Oasis)

Bagawat is an extraordinary place - a fabulously preserved early Christian cemetary consisting of 263 mud brick, mausoleums dating from the 4th to 6th centuries AD, and a church. The cemetary appears to have been occupied until the 11th century but most were built when Athanasius and Nestorius were banished to Kharga (in the fourth-fifth Century). The tombs are lined either side of a street. Each tomb consistes of a domed chamber, a number have an apse and some have niches for lamps. The exteriors often feature decorative elements including columns and pialsters. A few of the tombs are beautifully decorated.

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