Temple of Zayan | Ankh |
The principal remaining monument at the ancient city of Tchonesmuris in Kharga Oasis in the Qasr el Zayan
dated inscription in the temple is from the reign of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius.
Several guide books rate the Qasr el-Zayan fortress as in a very ruinous state. This is not entirely true, walls stand high, the centre of the temple is almost intact, and the setting is great. The main drawback is the original small size; you can cover it all in 5 minutes.
Temple of Zayan
The temple was built dedicated to the go Amenebis, the local town god. It was built during the Ptolemaic period and restored under the Roman emperor Antoniunus. The local town here was known as Tchnonemyris which flourished for several centuries. The modest village here now tells nothing about the rich past.
This place is the lowest in the Kharga Oasis, 18 metres below sea level.
Qasr el-Zayan Location
BY BUS: From el-Kharga, take a bus headed to Baris, but ask to be dropped off at the road (shari’a) leading to the temple (al-maabd). Al-Ghweita Temple is first, and a few kilometers later is the Temple
BY TAXI: From el-Kharga, ask for maabd el-zayan.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Daily, 9 AM – 5 PM
Temple of Zayan TICKET COST
Egyptian: 1 LE
Foreign: 20 LE
50% reduction for bearers of International Student ID Card