Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Baharyia Oases Attractions: 7 attractions to visit in Bahariya Oases


(1) Temple of Alexander:
The temple of Alexander the Great located in the Bahariya Oasis, about three miles East the old capital of Al-Qasr. the Temple has the distinction of being the Macedonian ruler's only known temple in Egypt. IT was built during Alexander's lifetime and dedicated to Amun and Horus.
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(2) Baharyia Museum:
Also known as Bawati Museum or the Mummy Hall, the museum contains discoveries from a vast cache of mummies found in Bahariya. The Greco-Roman mummies were found by chance when a donkey stumbled into a hole in the desert in 1996.  
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(3) Chapels of Ain el-Muftella:
The Temple of Ain el-Muftella may have once served as the city center of El Qasr which is today the modern town of Bawiti in the Bahariya Oasis. It was most likely built around the time of the 26th Dynasty, though some sections of the temple may date from earlier in the New Kingdom. The temple was probably added to by both the Greeks, and later the Romans.  Most of the temple sections  were built by a high priest named Zed-Khonsu-efankh who's brother, Sheben-Khonsu was governor of the district during the reign of Ahmose II. After the death of Sheben-Khonsu, Zed-Khonsu-efankh also took on his brother's role as governor.
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(4) Tomb of Amenhotep:
the tomb, located at Garet-Helwa, about two miles south of Bahariya's modern capital, Bawiti (ancient El Qasr), was discovered by George Steindorff in 1900. The tomb can be dated between the late 18th and early 19th Dynasty, which traditionally made it the oldest known tomb in the Oasis. However, recent excavation appears to be turning up some tombs that predate this one. It is very possible that tombs form the 12th Dynasty may even turn up.
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(5) Heritage Museum: 
Oasis Heritage Museum located about 2 km East of the Bawiti town’s edge on the road to Cairo, it created by Mahmoud Eed, a self-taught artist inspired by Badr in Farafra. Some feel that his fired-clay statues are more expressive than Badr's, but Mahmoud has yet to enjoy the same success abroad.
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(6) Valley of the Golden Mummies: 
The 2000-year-old cemetery was found when the donkey of an antiquities guard stumbled into a hole at the side of the road about 6km south of Bawiti, near the ruined Temple of Alexander. Further investigations revealed what could be the most spectacular discovery since Howard Carter opened the tomb of Tutankhamun
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(7) Tomb of Bannantiu:
This tomb is undergoing conservation measures in order to save its still vibrantly colored decorations. Entering the tomb, now by way of a metal stairway, directly to the right of the entrance is a painted image of the tomb owner. He has a shaved head and stands behind Anubis, who is introducing him to Amun, in the form of Kamutef, the "bull of (Amun's) mother", and Horus. Three hieroglyphic lines for this scene translate as "words spoken by Anubis, Lord of the Cemetery, the great god Lord of Hetret.

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