Mons Porphyrites

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Location
Eastern Desert , Egypt
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These ancient Roman porphyry quarries provided the precious white-and-purple crystalline stone used in sarcophagi, columns and other decorative work. It was transported across the desert along the Via Porphyrites to the Nile and then shipped across the Roman world. The quarries were under direct control of the imperial family in Rome, which had encampments, workshops and even temples built for workers here. Evidence of this quarry town can still be seen, although not much of it is standing. Tours can be easily arranged in Hurghada.

Mons Porphyrites is about 40km northwest of Hurghada. A road leading to the site branches off the main road about 20km north of town.