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Bashendi/Egypt

Introducing Bashendi

This small village to the north of the main Dakhla–Al-Kharga road takes its name from Pasha Hindi, the medieval sheikh buried nearby. The Tomb of Pasha Hindi is covered by an Islamic-era dome, which sits over a Roman structure, clearly visible from inside the building. Locals make pilgrimages to pray for the saint’s intercession. There’s a carpet-making cooperative in town, where you can see rugs being woven and browse through the showroom. Nearby is the sandstone Tomb of Kitines, which was occupied by Senussi soldiers during WWI and by a village family after that. Nevertheless, some funerary reliefs have survived and show the 2nd-century AD notable meeting the gods Min, Seth and Shu.

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