Travel with us to Al Khandaq (Northern state)
Alkhandaq was one a thriving river port. It is the spot in which people from different directions came and melted in its pot. People from west, east, north and southern Sudan met there. People from Egypt, Yemen, Hijaz (present Saudi Arabia) and Morocco came for trade, intermarried and lived since early 16th century and may be earlier. Its fort tells about the antiquity of the town. It dates back to late Christian period (14th century). Its mud brick two story high buildings reflect the prosperity once the town enjoyed. It was the home of rich merchants who reached western Sudan and led the royal caravans of Darfur Sultans. Please check our blog and read more about it in the leaflet titled al Khandaq town. Here are few shots that we hope it tell you something about the glory of the site.
The shots include the natural scenes, remains of deserted houses, one of our knowledgeable informants Mr. Babkair, remains of one of the steamers that used to stop there during the heydays of the town, remains of domed tombs of saints, the zigzag motifs that is evident even in mosques balconies and finally our attempt to restore one of the houses and to decorate its façade with paintings executed by Khalid Hamid …etc.