The fortified Islamic town of Al Qasr was built at Dakhla Oasis in the 12th century probably on the remains of a Roman era settlement by the Ayyubid kings of Egypt. Located about 22 miles north of Dakhla, it is one of the Islamic landmarks in the New valley, as its building reflects the Islamic architectural Style.
It contains an mosque from the first century Higri, with a wooden minaret dating from the Ayoubid period. It has a three-storey wooden minaret, 69 feet high, and wooden thresholds decorated with verses from the Quran at the entrance. The village is still though in a great condition with all its houses still standing, a library, the full mosque, and the little tiny streets. All was built of mud-breaks and wooden rafters.