The temple of Ain El Muftella in Bahariya oasis

The site of Ain el Muftella is located three kilometres west of the Al Qaser at the exit point of the track that links the Bahariya to the Siwa Oasis. This site contains four chapels that were discovered by Ahmed Fakhry.


The temple of Ain El Muftella in Bahariya oasis


The site of Ain el Muftella is located three kilometres west of the Al Qaser at the exit point of the track that links the Bahariya to the Siwa Oasis. This site contains four chapels that were discovered by Ahmed Fakhry, the Egyptian archaeologist that holds the credits for most of the discoveries that took place in the Egyptian Western Desert, in 1938-1939. The four chapels belong to the 26th dynasty, the last native dynasty to rule Egypt before the Persian conquest in 525 BC. These chapels belong to a temple complex built during the rule of Amasis, who was a pharaoh (570 BC – 526 BC) of the Twenty-sixth dynasty of Egypt, the successor of Apries at Sais and he was the last great ruler of Egypt before the Persian occupation of Egypt. The temple of Ain el Muftella belonged to the city of Psobthis which was located between the temple of Ain el Muftella and the present city of Al Qaser. The first chapel, which is the largest among the four chapels, consists of two chambers that were decorated with beautiful reliefs which are well preserved until today. These reliefs contain images of the Pharo Amasis making an offerings to a series of gods that were highly venerated in the oasis of Egypt. 

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