Al-Minya Travel Guide
About The City Of Al Minya
Situated 250 kilometers to the South of Cairo, the Egyptian capital, the city of Al Minya, which was once famous for the cultivation of the best Egyptian cotton in the 20th century, today is rather a semi-industrial city with many factories established all around the city.
The surface area of Al Minya extends for 135 kilometers from North to South on the shores of the River Nile with a width of almost 20 kilometers.
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.
This once capital of Egypt has much to offer those interested in Egyptology. The home of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, the parents of the famed King Tutankhamun, Al Minya saw the dawn of a new religion: belief in one deity only – that of the sun god Aten.
Located right in the middle of Upper and Lower Egypt, Al Minya has held an important place in history. There are several tombs to visit in the region such as Tal El-Amarna. Several people connected to Akhenaten, either by the relation of stewardship have tombs in this area.
Menya 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 (Former first lady) Center for Arts, the new Menya Museum, and the regional North of Upper Egypt Radio and Television.