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Brian McMorrow | profile | all galleries >> Middle East, North Africa & the Caucasus >> Sudan السودان >> Nubia >> Old Dongola tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Old Dongola

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Dirt road leading through the narrow band of green along the Nile
Dirt road leading through the narrow band of green along the Nile
Green fields and palm trees on the banks of the Nile
Green fields and palm trees on the banks of the Nile
Old Dongola Ferry
Old Dongola Ferry
Old Dongola Ferry across the Nile ca 35km north of El Daba
Old Dongola Ferry across the Nile ca 35km north of El Daba
The Old Dongola ferry is on the other side as we arrive
The Old Dongola ferry is on the other side as we arrive
Irrigation using Nile river water
Irrigation using Nile river water
Sudanese women waiting for the Old Dongola Ferry
Sudanese women waiting for the Old Dongola Ferry
Looking across the Nile to Old Dongola, the first major site in Nubia
Looking across the Nile to Old Dongola, the first major site in Nubia
Old Dongola on the East Bank of the Nile
Old Dongola on the East Bank of the Nile
The Throne Hall of Old Dongola (9th-10th C.)
The Throne Hall of Old Dongola (9th-10th C.)
Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis
Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis
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SudanZDec09 022.jpg
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SudanZDec09 023.jpg
The Old Dongola Ferry arrives
The Old Dongola Ferry arrives
Mahmoud backing the truck onto the Old Dongola Ferry
Mahmoud backing the truck onto the Old Dongola Ferry
The Old Dongola Ferry
The Old Dongola Ferry
Another overloaded pickup boarding the Old Dongola Ferry
Another overloaded pickup boarding the Old Dongola Ferry
Sudanese man on the Old Dongola Ferry
Sudanese man on the Old Dongola Ferry
The Old Dongola Ferry Captain
The Old Dongola Ferry Captain
Crossing the Nile on the Old Dongola Ferry
Crossing the Nile on the Old Dongola Ferry
Reaching the east bank of the Nile at Old Dongola
Reaching the east bank of the Nile at Old Dongola
The Old Dongola Ferry
The Old Dongola Ferry
Here, above the Aswan Dam, the Nile stills rises and falls seasonally
Here, above the Aswan Dam, the Nile stills rises and falls seasonally
Man carrying buckets and a colorfully dressed woman disembarking at Old Dongola
Man carrying buckets and a colorfully dressed woman disembarking at Old Dongola
Walking up through the cut in the embankment
Walking up through the cut in the embankment
Palm trees near Old Dongola
Palm trees near Old Dongola
Palm trees along the Nile near Old Dongola
Palm trees along the Nile near Old Dongola
Palm trees along the Nile near Old Dongola
Palm trees along the Nile near Old Dongola
Palm trees along the Nile
Palm trees along the Nile
Palm trees near Old Dongola
Palm trees near Old Dongola
We're looking the the gaffir (caretaker, watchman) in charge of Old Dongola
We're looking the the gaffir (caretaker, watchman) in charge of Old Dongola
Boys of Old Dongola
Boys of Old Dongola
Small hut among the palms on the east bank of the Nile near the Old Dongola Ferry
Small hut among the palms on the east bank of the Nile near the Old Dongola Ferry
Young Sudanese boys from Old Dongola
Young Sudanese boys from Old Dongola
Boys of Old Dongola
Boys of Old Dongola
Old Dongola was the capital of the medieval Christian kingdom of Makuria (7th-14th C.)
Old Dongola was the capital of the medieval Christian kingdom of Makuria (7th-14th C.)
Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Old Dongola
Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Old Dongola
No Entry - the Key is in Khartoum!
No Entry - the Key is in Khartoum!
We're told that inside the monastery are impressive medieval Christian frescoes
We're told that inside the monastery are impressive medieval Christian frescoes
Check out the National Museum in Khartoum for similar Christian artwork
Check out the National Museum in Khartoum for similar Christian artwork
Partially excavated Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Old Dongola
Partially excavated Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Old Dongola
Centuries-old pottery shards, Old Dongola
Centuries-old pottery shards, Old Dongola
Medieval pottery shards just lying around the monastery
Medieval pottery shards just lying around the monastery
Fine stone pavement next to the Monastery of the Holy Trinity
Fine stone pavement next to the Monastery of the Holy Trinity
Simple mud brick architecture, Old Dongola
Simple mud brick architecture, Old Dongola
Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Old Dongola
Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Old Dongola
Panoramic view of Old Dongola from near the Monastery
Panoramic view of Old Dongola from near the Monastery
Grinding stones, Old Dongola
Grinding stones, Old Dongola
Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Old Dongola
Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Old Dongola
The dozen or so beehive structures are tombs from the Islamic era
The dozen or so beehive structures are tombs from the Islamic era
Driving towards Old Dongola's most impressive structure, the Throne Hall
Driving towards Old Dongola's most impressive structure, the Throne Hall
The Throne Hall of Old Dongola, built in the 9th-10th Century
The Throne Hall of Old Dongola, built in the 9th-10th Century
Throne Hall of Old Dongola was converted into a mosque in 1323 and remained in use until 1969
Throne Hall of Old Dongola was converted into a mosque in 1323 and remained in use until 1969
Sandy tracks at Old Dongola
Sandy tracks at Old Dongola
Stone pillars still standing in Old Dongola
Stone pillars still standing in Old Dongola
Standing column, Old Dongola
Standing column, Old Dongola
Twin columns, Old Dongola
Twin columns, Old Dongola
Twin columns, Old Dongola
Twin columns, Old Dongola
Twin columns, Old Dongola
Twin columns, Old Dongola
Ruins of Old Dongola (7th-14th C.)
Ruins of Old Dongola (7th-14th C.)
Ruins of Old Dongola (7th-14th C.)
Ruins of Old Dongola (7th-14th C.)
Church of Granite Columns, 7th C., Old Dongola
Church of Granite Columns, 7th C., Old Dongola
Column capitals carved with Christian symbols
Column capitals carved with Christian symbols
Column capital carved with a cross, Old Dongola
Column capital carved with a cross, Old Dongola
...Sudan does not readily come to mind as an early center of Christianity
...Sudan does not readily come to mind as an early center of Christianity
Church of Granite Columns, 7th C., Old Dongola
Church of Granite Columns, 7th C., Old Dongola
Church of Granite Columns, 7th C., Old Dongola
Church of Granite Columns, 7th C., Old Dongola
10 pillars remain standing in the 7th C. Church of Granite Columns
10 pillars remain standing in the 7th C. Church of Granite Columns
Church of Granite Columns, 7th C., Old Dongola
Church of Granite Columns, 7th C., Old Dongola
The Throne Hall, Old Dongola
The Throne Hall, Old Dongola
The ruins of Old Dongola near the banks of the Nile
The ruins of Old Dongola near the banks of the Nile
Old Dongola
Old Dongola
Old Dongola - not another tourist or souvenir seller in sight...
Old Dongola - not another tourist or souvenir seller in sight...
The Throne Hall of Old Dongola
The Throne Hall of Old Dongola
Throne Hall, Old Dongola
Throne Hall, Old Dongola
The Throne Hall also contains early Christian frescoes which had been painted over when this was converted to a mosque
The Throne Hall also contains early Christian frescoes which had been painted over when this was converted to a mosque
The Throne Hall, also locked - key probably in Khartoum
The Throne Hall, also locked - key probably in Khartoum
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SudanDec09 1205.jpg
Beehive tombs and ruins from the later Islamic-era, Old Dongola
Beehive tombs and ruins from the later Islamic-era, Old Dongola
Remains of the village of Old Dongola
Remains of the village of Old Dongola
Ruins of a beehive tomb, Old Dongola
Ruins of a beehive tomb, Old Dongola
Beehive tombs (Nawamis) common in Northern Sudan
Beehive tombs (Nawamis) common in Northern Sudan
Cemetery of Old Dongola
Cemetery of Old Dongola
Cemetery of Old Dongola
Cemetery of Old Dongola
Cemetery of Old Dongola
Cemetery of Old Dongola
Our guide told us that the beehive tombs dated from the Islamic-era of Old Dongola (post-14th Century)
Our guide told us that the beehive tombs dated from the Islamic-era of Old Dongola (post-14th Century)
Beehive Tombs, Old Dongola
Beehive Tombs, Old Dongola
Cemetery of Old Dongola
Cemetery of Old Dongola
Beehive Tombs, Old Dongola
Beehive Tombs, Old Dongola
Beehive Tombs, Old Dongola
Beehive Tombs, Old Dongola
Domed tomb with a square base, Old Dongola
Domed tomb with a square base, Old Dongola
Passing back through the modern village at Old Dongola
Passing back through the "modern" village at Old Dongola
Palms along the Nile
Palms along the Nile
Laughing Dove (Stigmatopelia senegalensis) on the banks of the Nile, Old Dongola
Laughing Dove (Stigmatopelia senegalensis) on the banks of the Nile, Old Dongola
East Bank - Old Dongola Ferry
East Bank - Old Dongola Ferry
Sudan license plate
Sudan license plate
Palms on the Nile
Palms on the Nile
Boarding the Dongola Ferry from the East Bank
Boarding the Dongola Ferry from the East Bank
Old Dongola Ferry pulling away from the East Bank
Old Dongola Ferry pulling away from the East Bank
Old Dongola Ferry turning
Old Dongola Ferry turning
East Bank of the Nile at the Old Dongola Ferry
East Bank of the Nile at the Old Dongola Ferry
Crossing the Nile at Old Dongola
Crossing the Nile at Old Dongola
The ruins of Old Dongola from the Nile ferry
The ruins of Old Dongola from the Nile ferry
Sudanese men waiting for the Old Dongola Ferry on the West Bank
Sudanese men waiting for the Old Dongola Ferry on the West Bank
Passing through the narrow fertile strip on the banks of the Nile
Passing through the narrow fertile strip on the banks of the Nile
Palm trees on the west bank of the Nile, Old Dongola
Palm trees on the west bank of the Nile, Old Dongola
Palm trees on the west bank of the Nile, Old Dongola
Palm trees on the west bank of the Nile, Old Dongola
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