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1. Al-Qasr

2. The Friday Mosque

3. The madrasa

4. Street scenes

5. The museum

6. Qalamoun

7. Ottoman tombs

8. Mut

9. The ancient city

10. Deir el-Hagar

11. Muzawaka Tombs

12. Magic spring

13. Fish pond

14. Rashda

15. Budkhulu

16. Bashendi

17. Balat

18. Gedida


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Beautiful little Qalamoun

Qalamoun, Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

Qalamoun, Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

The now abandoned Friday Mosque.

Qalamoun is a quick ride out of Mut and much of its old quarters are still inhabited, and well-kept. It is clearly one of Dakhla's nicest settlements, and the setting doesn't make it any worse. Coming to Qalamoun you will pass luscious lakes (keep repeating to yourself: This is in the middle of Sahara) while the the hilltop village grows in front of you. Upon leaving the village, the village is immediately replaced by golden sand dunes.
I think that Qalamoun is the closest I have come to the romantic image of a desert village.
Qalamoun, Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

Basket made from palm leaves is still an important industry out in this part of the world.

Qalamoun, Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

Qalamoun preserves what is lost in most of the other villages in the Egyptian oases. Simple but charming houses near the palm gardens.

Qalamoun, Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

You don't have to walk far to forget all about being out in the Sahara desert.

By Tore Kjeilen