Old Dongola

Old Dongola is situated at the downstream end of the Great Nile Bend. From the 6th to the 14th century AD, it was the capital of the medieval Nubian Kingdom of Makuria and home to its royal family as well as its secular and religious elite. The remains of the town extend over more than two kilometres along the eastern bank of the Nile, buried under huge sands dunes. Polish archaeologists have worked in Old Dongola for more than fifty years now. They excavated churches – among them the Cathedral, called the Church of the Granite Columns –, palaces, a monastic complex, parts of the gigantic city wall as well as numerous houses and other installations.

A very special building is the Throne Hall, which stands apart from the town and its citadel on a steep rocky outcrop. It was converted into a mosque in 1317, an event which is preserved in its foundation stela, signalling the Islamisation of Makuria and the Middle Nile valley. The building remained in use until 1969, when it was turned in a historic monument.

A later Islamic settlement, called the 'abandoned village', and a large Islamic cemetery with numerous qubbas testify to the importance of Old Dongla also in postmedieval times

 

Tours coming by this location: 
Ancient Kush
February 24–March 09, 2019
in German
with Jens Weschenfelder, MA
March 10–23, 2019
in English
with Jens Weschenfelder, MA
October 06–19, 2019
in German
with Jens Weschenfelder, MA
October 20–November 02, 2019
in English
with Dr. Petra Weschenfelder
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

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