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Dush (ancient Kysis) lies at the intersection of five major trade routes, and was the site of a major military installation during the Roman period. The primary monuments here are a Roman fortress and several temples.

The main Temple of Dush has an axial plan with an inner and an outer sanctuary, a columned hall and two pylons. Hieroglyphic texts here suggest the temple was originally dedicated to Osiris; later, during the Greco-Roman era, the temple became sacred to Serapis and Isis. The current structure dates primarily to the reigns of Domitian, Hadrian, and Antoninus Pius.

Daily, 9 AM – 5 PM

Egyptian: 1 LE
Foreign: 20 LE
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Kharga Oasis

BY BUS: From el-Kharga, take a bus headed to Baris, from where you will have to take a taxi or minibus 13 km south to the temple.

BY TAXI: From el-Kharga or Baris, ask for maabd dush.

The Roman fortress at Dush (Julie Patenaude)


Golden diadem with a figure of Serapis, found at the Temple of Dush (A. Lecler)