Here there are the rest of a Christian Coptic temple with marble columns as well as several suggestive ruins of churches situated on the banks of the Nile.
The churches were generally plain on the outside but the interiors were painted in beautiful frescoes. Some of which are now to be found in Khartoum’s National Museum.
Today little but scattered blocks, tumbledown walls and leaning columns remain of Old Dongola, but the setting is impressive.
A few hundred metres from the main Christian sites is a large Islamic cemetery containing several massive mudbrick, slightly pyramid-like Sufi saints’ tombs.