Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry on Saturday announced the discovery of a number of ancient churches and rooms in the Bahariya Oasis, southwest of Cairo.
In a statement, the ministry said a Norwegian-French archaeological mission working at the Tal site in the Bahariya Oasis discovered a number of buildings constructed of basalt stone and carved into the rocks, as well as other buildings constructed of mud bricks.
The buildings made of mud bricks date back from the 4th to the 7th century AD, the statement said, adding that the remains are parts of three churches and rooms for monks.
This discovery is important as it led the mission to know the planning of buildings as well as understanding the formation of the early monastic congregations in this region, according to the statement.
A French-Norwegian archaeological mission at the Bahariya Oasis, just south of Qasr al-Aguz, has uncovered a lost settlement made of mud bricks and basalt hidden beneath the sand. The site includes an ancient church with Greek letters on the walls. https://t.co/zbfWvIG5uT pic.twitter.com/rfg5i6nrNs
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