Fatimid Cemetery
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Arkitextures of Luxor
Often overlooked for the grand structures of Ramses II, Aswan's Necropolis is arguably the most important group of Islamic tombs in Egypt. The tombs date from the 7th to the 12th centuries CE, an important time of development for Islamic commemorative architecture. Since 2006, the site has been recorded and restored by the DAI (German Archaeological Institute) so some tombs may not be easily accessible. "The Fatimid Cemetery" as it is also called, is a must-see for any architecture enthusiast. Go during the Fall or Winter when the traditional field seasons are over, the tourists are few, and you can spend hours falling in love with the clean lines of Fatimid design. Be friendly with the locals who might invite you in for tea - they are just demonstrating Egyptian hospitality!
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