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Minya

The Bride of Upper Egypt, it sits on the boundary between Upper and Lower Egypt, Minya is the capital of Minya Governorate in Upper Egypt. A provincial capital 245km south of Cairo on the western bank of the Nile River, it was the capital of the Upper Egyptian cotton trade, but its factories now process sugar and produce soap and perfume.

The name of the city is derived from its Ancient Egyptian name Men'at Khufu meaning the ...

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Minya

The Bride of Upper Egypt, it sits on the boundary between Upper and Lower Egypt, Minya is the capital of Minya Governorate in Upper Egypt. A provincial capital 245km south of Cairo on the western bank of the Nile River, it was the capital of the Upper Egyptian cotton trade, but its factories now process sugar and produce soap and perfume.

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, founder of the Great Pyramid at Giza. Minya has one of the highest concentrations of Christian Coptic population in Egypt (approximately 50% of total population).

When Minya was caught up in the 1990s Islamist insurgency, the government sent tanks and armored personnel carriers. Some police posts from that period still dot the town centre, but the violence has abated and security stepped down, which is good news for visitors because Minya has one of the most pleasant town centers in Upper Egypt. With broad tree-lined streets, a wide corniche and some great, if shabby, early-20th-century buildings, central Minya has retained the feel of a more graceful era. At the time of our visit, this was one of the most relaxed places to visit between Cairo and Luxor.

Sohag

One of the major Coptic Christian areas of Upper Egypt, Sohag city lies on the west bank of the Nile. It has been the capital of Sohag Governorate since 1960. Prior to that, the capital was the city of Girga and the name of the governorate was Girga Governorate. Although there are few sights in the city, the nearby White and Red Monasteries, and the town of Akhmim across the river, are all of interest. Police presence here is stronger than in Asyut and Minya and travelers are discouraged from staying. Sohag has discovered tombs and continues to be a subject of much study. It is an ancient cemetery used by the Egyptians for high-ranking officials and royal staff.
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