In the Christian period a bishopric was established at Faras and the remains of six churches in the town have been discovered and excavated (as well as pottery shops which seemed to specialize in Christian-themed crafts). The most important archaelogical find in Faras from the Christian period has been the rock chapel and the town’s cathedral from the Christian Nubian period. The cathedral walls were adorned with paintings of Biblical narratives in intricate detail as well as portaits of famous citizens and leaders.
The town of Faras was flooded by Lake Nasser as part of Egypt’s public works program in 1964 and now rests forever underwater. Before the planned flooding was accomplished, however, a Polish team of archaeologists excavated the site and removed the painted walls of the cathedral as well as many other ancient artifacts (which may now be viewed in museums in Warsaw and Khartoum).
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2040 BCE - 1750 BCEThe town of Faras is founded.
1333 BCE - 1323 BCEThe temple to Tutankhamun built and dedicated.
350 BCE - 300 BCEPalace complex built during this time of Faras' prominence.
c. 150 CE - c. 250 CEChristian churches built in Faras, including the ornate Cathedral and the rock church.