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xTourism in El Qasr

 

The most important sightseeing in the New Valley (Western Desert), El Qasr (Al Kasr) is a village that dates back to the Ayyubid Period. It is located 32 km north of the city of Mut. Tourists swarm daily to have a glance at this rich historical site. For some tourists, visiting this village is a must-go attraction in their scheduled program. The village is said to be the place where the Islamic tribes first arrived at the New Valley in 50 AH. It also has remains of a mosque that dates back to the first century AH. The village is well renowned for comprising a court that dates back to the Pharaonic Era; the Mosque of Nasr El Din (one of the oldest surviving mosques in the country); as well as a school that dates back to earlier Islamic period. This Islamic village comprises a wooden Minaret of 21 m in height with 3 stories. The most distinctive feature distinguishing the village’s buildings is the highly-accurate design they echo. Here, organization and order are much common among the houses. Witnessing great development in the Ayyubid Era, the village contained the ruler’s palace. Here, archeologists found many mosques dating back to the Mamluk and Ottoman Periods. Blocks brought from a temple dedicated to god Thoth were used in the construction of some of houses’ gates. Wooden thresholds were decorated with Arabic writings indicating the name of the house’s owner as well as the writer and the date of these carvings.

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