Mons Claudianus

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Eastern Desert , Egypt
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This Roman granite quarry/fortress complex is one of the largest of the Roman settlements dotting the Eastern Desert. For Roman prisoners, brought to hack granite out of the barren mountains, this was the end of the line. It was more a concentration camp than a quarry – you can see the remains of the tiny cells that these unfortunates inhabited. There is also an immense cracked pillar, left where it fell 2000 years ago, and a small temple. Tours can be easily arranged in Hurghada.

There’s a signposted turn-off about 40km along the Safaga–Qena road; from there it’s another 25km northwest along a track of deteriorated tarmac.