Al Kashef Monastery Kharga Oasis information, tours, prices and online booking
Al Kashef Monastery also known as Deir Mustafa Kashif or Mustafa Kashef Monastery. In fact, the monastery located about two kilometers west of El Bagawat Necropolis. Moreover, it named after a governor of the oasis during the Mamluk period. The site in fact occupied since at least Egypt’s Middle Kingdom. Here, a church built, evidenced by the remains of an apse that is still visible. One may also see the ruins of several cells which constructed around the tomb of a hermit or local saint.
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Within the cells are inscriptions that date from the 5th or 6th century, but probably only names. The main building had as many as five floors, and the ruins are still impressive. On the depression floor below the monastery are several additional ruins. Walk or drive from the necropolis to see impressive mud-brick ruins and fallen arched corridors that date back to the early Christian period.