Discover Beni Hassan to Al-Minya Egypt

Located on the right bank of the Nile around 11 miles south of the city of Al-Minya, the site of Beni Hassan brings together a number of sepulchres dating from the Middle Kingdom.

Among the necropolis' 39 tombs dug into the cliff, only twelve were decorated with frescoes, which were created on a plaster coating especially laid for this purpose.

The typical decorations representing the daily and agricultural life during the Middle Kingdom have priceless archaeological value and provide precious information about this period of Ancient Egypt. The ornaments in the tomb of Khnoumhotep II, who was the monarch in the 12th dynasty, are particularly remarkable.

The views from the cliffs of Beni Hassan are worth the trip alone, with a succession of desert, a draughtboard of cultivated fields, meanders of the Nile, a horizon broken by the bell towers of the churches and the minarets of the mosques.

Amy Adejokun
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