Qosseir - Kosseir

Qosseir or more commonly Kosseir has known to maintain a long tradition as a port. To be more specific, the harbour is located at the end of ancient caravan route that started in the Nile valley at Qena and Kuft and passed via Wadi Hammamat. The port held a high esteem from ancient times as it was considered to be a safe landing place at the time of monsoon. In ancient Egypt, the town came to be known as Tjau. During this point of time, the trade route from the Nile valley ended slightly farther north towards the exit from Wadi el-Gasus. During the time of the Ptolemies, wares from the Nile valley were shipped from Kosseir by sea and on the other hand, precious goods were brought in from distant countries. Starting from the Middle Ages and extending up to the nineteenth century, Kosseir was considered to be the preferred harbor of the Mecca pilgrims who desired to cross to Jeddah. Some caravanserais that are still in operation still bear witness to those days. In recent times, Kosseir has turned out to be the export port for phosphates from the close by mines to which a small railway line is connected. Qosseir awaits visitors with a simple and at the same time small town atmosphere. The harbour bay with the dock is dominated by the old sixteenth century fort of Sultan Selim. It slowly turned into a ruin but was revived by the French in the year 1798 and is presently being restored. Some of the major attractions here include a bazaar and two picturesque mosques.

 

 

 

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