The two historic sites are to the north of Lake Qarun. The
sites are best accessible by a 4WD vehicle and the first of
them are about 30 km (19 miles) from Karanis.
The first temple Qasr
El-Saghah dates to the Middle
Kingdom of the Pharaonic
era and is built of sandstone. The remarkable thing about
it is that it contains 7 shrines. Little information is known
about the circumstance of its construction. The site provides
good scenery of the lake and the stretched desert.
Dimai temple lies to the south of Qasr El-Saghah. It is dedicated
to God Soknopaios,
a variation of God Sobek.
It is established on an elevated land that was once an island
in the lake but merged to the land after the water ebbed.
The ruined-city adjacent to the temple was once a port and
You can also approach Dimai site by a boat from the southern
shore of the lake. You can do that by asking fishermen for
the possibility and many would be ready to convey you across
the lake to the site.