DAKHLA OASIS :
The Deir el-Hagar dates back to the
1st century CE, and the carthouches of the emperors of the period, Nero,
Vespasian, Titus and Domitian are found around the walls. The temple
itself is among the smallest you will ever see, but considering its
remoteness out here in the Sahara desert it must not be neglected. The
temple is in good condition, a result of the structure being covered by
sand for centuries.
The temple was dedicated to the Theban triad Amon-Re, Mut and Khonsu, as
well as to the god of the oasis, Seth.
But its present name calls it a monastery, which is not wrong. A few
centuries after its construction was it converted into a Coptic
built under Roman rulers, the walls are decorated according to
ancient Egyptian patterns.
The back of the temple, where most
of the outer walls are intact.