Al Bagawat Christian Necropolis

Kharga Oasis

New Valley Governorate

The Western Desert


February 27, 2020

I have the good fortune and the time to visit and explore the Al Bagawat Necropolis.


Al Bagawat / Al Bajawat / El Bagawat Necropolis *

The ancient necropolis of Al Bagawat (midway between Kharga and Dakhla) is one of the oldest Christian cemeteries in the world containing 360 Coptic tombs and dating from between the 4th-7th Centuries CE.

Early Christians supported the Fifth Century Bishop Nestorius who fled Roman persecution to settle in the Western Desert in Bagawat.   (The Romans ruled in Egypt from 30 BCE to 640 CE.)