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Dakhla



Dakhla
Introduction

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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DAKHLA
Muzawaka Tombs

The mountain containing the Muzawaka Tombs, Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

The table-top mountain must have been interpreted to be an effective connection to the afterlife. Tombs are dug out all the way around it.


Tombs at Muzawaka, Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

The Tomb of Sadosiris has colourful wall-paintings. It is unfortunately closed for visitors.



The Muzawaka Tombs refer mainly to the nicely decorated tombs of Petosiris and Sadosiris, which were discovered by Fakhry in 1972. They date back to Roman times, as do many of the other tombs around this table-top mountain.
The two nice tombs have been closed for years. Too much fresh air and the humid breath from visitors put the wall decorations in jeopardy. And the restoration has proved to be very difficult, so nobody know if and when they will reopen.
Local guards will still try to make your visit worthwhile, by showing you all the graves with embalmed corpses! The "highlight" is a young girl with genitals pointing directly at you when you look
Muzawaka Tombs might therefore not a good option for all visitors.
One of the open tombs at Muzawaka, Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

A family grave was the solution for the "higher middle class" of ancient times. The grave is small and not decorated, but the corpses have been embalmed.




By Tore Kjeilen