Al Qasr

Still home to several hundred people the crumbling mudbrick houses of Al Qasr some 20km north of Mut in Dakhla oasis are the last remains of what was a typical desert town during Ottoman times. Built on the remains of older structures including a temple dedicated to the god Thoth the narrow streets protect the inhabitants from the sun and the inevitable sandstorms that come during the spring khamseen season. Decorative lintels hold up doorways, with that of the doorway of the Tomb of Nas’r ad-Din being a particularly fine example.


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