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Cemetery of Bagawat in Kharga Oasis

A group of old graves in the town of Kharga: Al-Bhagwat. The term is the spelling of the people of the valley for the word "vault" and that is a symbol that the doms over the graves on the cemetery. The great significance lies in the fact that it was in the early Christian period that the Egyptian Copts fled their faith in the wilderness well away from the hands of the Roman Emperors because of the Roman persecution of Christianity.


The Bagawat is a Christian necropolis from the second century A.D. Most of them have a structure painted from the outside. Those tombs have defied time factors and have written in Greek, Coptic, and Latin, tens of thousands. The Shrine of Peace, the Shrine of Exodus, and the Church have several monuments, and the Shrine of Peace is referred to as "Shrine of Peace" because of the appearance of the sign of peace depicted at the shrine dome. Exodus, "In which the tale of the Israelites who left Egypt is described, and with their soldiers follows Pharaoh.

It is located in an archaeological region, bordered on the north by Hibs Temple and on the east by Jabal al-Tair and Nadura temple, and other monuments, and is an attractant of the first level, particularly during the vacation of Sham al-Naseem, where the Hundred was born, in which the cemeteries are located. The church of the second oldest Church in Egypt is the most ancient.

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