Oasis Town Qasr El-Farafra, westren Desert

After the White Desert we went to Qasr El-Farafra. It is approximately 40km to the oasis.

Going to Qasr El-Farafra

Going to Qasr El-Farafra

On the way to Farafra I found the parent and child  of camels.

Mother and child of camel

Mother and child of camel

Qasr El-Farafra

Getting into the centre of Farafra.

Getting into the centre of Farafra.

Farafra has an estimated 5,000 inhabitants mainly living in the town of Farafra and is mostly inhabited by the local Bedouins.

Traditional house of Farafra

Traditional house of Farafra

Parts of the town have complete quarters of traditional architecture, simple, smooth, unadorned, all in mud colour.

Walls of a traditional house.

Walls of a traditional house.

Local pride has also secured endeavours to secure local culture.

In ancient times, Farafra was called To-ihw or the Land of the Cow (referring to the goddess Hathor). The old village of Qasr El-Farafra was based around a 120-room mud-brick fort (qasr) from which it got its name. The villagers used the fort when they were under attack from outside tribes.

Local people still live in the remains.

Local people still live in the remains.

The fort collapsed in 1958, but the remains of Qasr El-Farafra have narrow alleys and houses of sun-dried bricks with wooden doors.

The modern village is a lovely slow-moving place, with quiet dusty streets and traditionally decorated homes.

Abandoned village of Qars.

Abandoned village of Qars.

They are sometimes decorated by the local artist with landscapes, birds, animals and verses.

Museum of Qasr El-Farafra

Museum of Qasr El-Farafra

The Bedouins live in one-storey houses, mostly painted blue (believed to ward off the evil eye). Usually, one house is divided into many sections, occupied by more than one family, with the sections linked through open air corridors. I did not have much time, so I looked around the village in a hurry. The photos below was taken at that time.

Fountain of Farafra

Fountain of Farafra

Ruins of Farafra

Ruins of Farafra

Beautiful garden of the oasis

Beautiful garden of the oasis

The main street of El-Farafra

The main street of El-Farafra

Garden of wealthy family, El-Farafra

Garden of wealthy family, El-Farafra

Narrow streets of the village

Narrow streets of the village

Parent and child of white donkey

Parent and child of white donkey

I met them leaving the village of El-Farafra. I hope their happiness forever.

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