A Monastery in the Sudanese Desert

26 March 2015

A powerful Christian kingdom ruled in the Middle Ages over what is now northern Sudan. Ruins of a walled monastery in strikingly beautiful landscape of a desert wadi close to some of Sudan’s most important historic sites bear testimony to the period when this kingdom flourished in the 10th century. ARCHiNOS has been commissioned by the Polish-Sudanese expedition exploring the monastery to comprehensively prepare the site for presentation to visitors. During the recent visit, ARCHiNOS longstanding collaborator Dr Grzegorz Bogobowicz gave his structural expert’s opinion on feasibility of erecting a protective shelter over a particularly vulnerable part of the site.

Photograph: Deir al-Ghazali monastery at the edge of Wadi Abu Dom, which was an ancient trade route, March 2015

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