El Minya

Minya is the capital of the Minya Governorate in Upper Egypt. It is located approximately 245 km (152 mi) south of Cairo on the western bank of the Nile River, which flows north through the city. The name of the city is derived from its Ancient Egyptian name Men’at Khufu, meaning the nursing city of Khufu, linking it to the Pharaoh Khufu or Cheops, builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza.

The name Minya may also have originated from the city’s name in Sahidic Coptic Tmoone and in Bohairic Thmonē, meaning “the residence”, in reference to an early monastery formerly in the area. It is the city where the Codex Tchacos was discovered.

Minya is dubbed by the locals “Bride of Upper Egypt”, in reference to its strategic location in Middle Egypt as a vital link between the north and the south of Egypt. Minya has one of the highest concentration of Coptic Christians in Egypt (approximately 50% of total population). It is the home city of the Minya University, Suzanne Mubarak Center for Arts, the new Minya Museum, and the regional North of Upper Egypt Radio and Television.


Places you can visit :

-The most important archaeological sites of the governorate are:
Tuna el-Gebel (Greek monuments),
Tel Al-Amarna (ancient Egyptian monuments),

At Tuna El Gabal is located the temple-shaped tomb of Petosiris, the priest of god Toth, god of wisdom and knowledge. Stelae from the age of Akhenaton, extensive catacombs where many ibis and babboon burials have been discovered, a Roman waterwheel with a 37 m deep well, and a mummy of a girl named Isadora who was 17 years old at the time of her death have also been discovered.

-El-Bahnasa (ancient Egyptian, Greek, Christian and Islamic monuments)

-El-Bahnasa is one of the most famous archaeological cities in the governorate, containing monuments from different Egyptian eras, such as ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic and even modern monuments, with mansions and buildings that are more than 100 years old.

– The Monastery of the Virgin or “Dair al-Adhra” is 25 kilometers northeast of Minya City and about 2 kilometers from the Eastern Desert Road. It is one of the most important Christian sites, which the Holy Family went through and stayed at during their journey in Egypt.

History of Minya

Earliest history

Greco-Roman History

Byzantine History

Arab History

Modern history


Places you can visit

El Minya has a lot of monuments that you shouldn’t miss, as you will be astonished with grandeur of Those historical sites, moreover El Minya is nowadays one of the most famous attraction destinations, as it has luxury restaurants, markets and hotels which have charming overlooking, as you will enjoy the view of the boats while sailing over the Nile River.

Beni Hassan , Tomb of Kheti , Tomb of Baket ,  Tell el-Amarna , The Temples of Aten

, The North palace The North palace  , Tomb of Merrier. Tomb of Ay  , The Workshop of the Sculptor Thutmosis , Hermopolis and Tuna El-Gabel ,
The Basilica , Baboon Figure of Thoth , Tomb Chapel of petosiris , The lbis Catacombs .

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