Egypt - The Red Sea Coast, Mons Porphyrites (Mountain of Poryhyry)

Mons Porphyrites (Mountain of Poryhyry)

Mons Porphyrites (Mountain of Poryhyry) at Gebel Abu Dukhan (Father of Smoke) was an extensive Roman mining operation of the pinkish-purple Poryhyry, which was used in temples, baths, sarcophagi and statues. The emperor Hadrian erected the Temple of Serapis, and a stele discovered in 1823 indicates that there was a Christian church, probably financed by Flavius Julius. The Romans also built a fort, stables, cisterns and wells.

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