Places To Go In Al Wadi Al Gadid
Relics from the reign of the Pharaohs
The significance of the El Wadi El Gedid museum in Egyptian history is due to the strategic role that the region played under the pharaohs. It is for this reason that a lot of important artefacts can be found in the museum.
Also, the museum has a collection of objects that date back to distant times in history, and can rarely be found elsewhere. There are pots (the unique red colored variety from the old kingdom) and other vessels on display as well as tools from the period before the rise of the dynasties. Also present in the museum are portraits from many temples in the region such as Hibis, Nadura, and Ghweita as well as various paintings that illustrate what ancient life in the oasis looked like.
Due to its fortified location along the Nile, the Roman conquerors were particularly interested in El Wadi El Gedid and often had garrisons there. As a result, the El Wadi El Gadid museum has a lot of objects that originated from this era.
Jewellery and other ornaments made from precious stones during the Greco-Roman period can be found at the museum as well as other objects like masks and coffins. There are also various carved images like that of Amun, the dominant Egyptian deity of that period.
Artefacts from the Islamic and Coptic era
Both the Muslims and the Coptic Christians have had cause to, at one point or the other, live in El Wadi El Gedid. The Coptic Christians moved to the region to escape the persecution of the Roman invaders at the dawn of the Christian era in Egypt. Also, the Muslims were focused on the El Wadi El Gedid region and the South of Egypt as a whole during the Islamic conquest of Egypt. As a result, there are a lot of historical objects that are characteristic of both religions in the El Wadi El Gedid region.
For the Coptic Christians, they left behind sacred items like crosses (wooden, bronze, and copper types), colorful portraits of various saints, Jesus Christ himself, and his mother, Virgin Mary. There were also various obscure Coptic Manuscripts discovered in the area.
The Muslims on their part left behind unique lamps which were hung in the mosques in ancient times. There were also inscriptions of verses from the Quran, both on wood and paper, decorated pots and other vessels, and various weapons that were in use during that era.