Masida is situated eight kilometres away from the Nile, in an area enclosed by a sharp eastward turn in the river above the Third Cataract. The site features a small medieval church built high up in the rocks in the middle of the desert. The partly collapsed mudbrick walls still preserve the remains of wall paintings.

The church probably appropriates an older sacral place, which may explain its position in this isolated location – it was constructed against a large boulder which carries a unique rock drawing of a male figure wearing a kilt, rich jewellery and weapons. The depiction is hard to date, but its large size, careful execution and iconographic details suggest it to be Napatan, Meroitic or post-Meroitic in age. 


Tours coming by this location: 
Sudan Special
April 14–27, 2019
in English
with Prof. Claudia Näser
October 27–November 09, 2019
in German
with Prof. Claudia Näser
December 01–15, 2019
in English
with Prof. Claudia Näser

Discover Sudan!

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