Aten Museum in Minya, the Pharaonic spirit in modern architecture


Location : Minya

Owner : culture ministry  

It houses 10,000 artifacts and contains 14 museum exhibition halls

The Aten Museum is one of the mega-national projects taking place in Minya Governorate. That long-awaited for dream which is located in the eastern Nile region, is one of the most important projects that have been completed currently after being stopped for many years with Egyptian arms.

The Akhenaten Museum consists of 14 museum display halls. The number of artifacts scheduled to be displayed upon opening may reach 10,000 artifacts.

The main hall will include the history of Minya through different eras, while the rest of the halls contain artifacts that recount the history and art of Aten period, in addition to a theater, a cinema, a conference hall that can accommodate about 800 people, an archaeological library, 19 bazaars, 5 artificial lakes overlooking the Nile, and a number of cafeterias, in addition to an administrative building with a center for staff training and another to revive heritage industries and crafts.

The museum grounds, which overlook the Nile, take up 25 feddans. The building is made up of five floors and features 14 exhibition halls, a large conference hall, and a school of museum and restoration studies. There is an open air theatre displaying a collection of ancient Egyptian replicas.

The Aten Museum would put Minya back on the world tourism map, and it would contribute significantly to raising the cultural and archaeological awareness of the community. The museum would also contribute to promoting the international, domestic as well as cultural tourism in the governorate.

The project greatly contributes to generating many job opportunities for youth by increasing the number of tourists. It will also place the governorate on the international tourism map.

Reviving the path of the Holy Family in Gabal El-Tayr in Samalout

The development work of the second phase of the project to revive the Holy Family’s journey in the governorate is being carried out in full swing, which includes the establishment of two entrances to the archaeological area, in addition to planting trees and landscape on both sides of the road leading to the ancient church. The second phase includes adding guiding signs in the area, in addition to the construction of tourist rest houses in the archaeological area, a 500-meter long basalt floor from the tourist rest house to the ancient church and painting the facades of cemeteries on both sides of the road leading to the church.

The Church of the Holy Virgin lies on top of Gabal “Mount” Al-Tayr, adjacent to the River Nile, in al-Minya in Middle Egypt. It is considered one of the most important places visited by the Holy Family during their Journey into Egypt.  It is visited by more than a million citizens yearly to celebrate the anniversary of the Holy Family's journey to Egypt. More than 25 spots in different parts of Egypt bear their fragrant memory, as the Holy Family moved between its sides from the Sinai coast in the east to the Nile Delta, until it reached the ends of Upper Egypt.

The Monastery of the Holy Virgin is located on the western side  of Gabal Al-Tayr village in Minya Governorate, above the mountain in the east of the Nile. It was built in 328 AD by Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, the first Byzantine emperor to convert to Christianity.

The cave is the place where the Holy Family resided during their three-day journey in Egypt. It was unknown in the first three centuries until the presence of Empress Helena  after the discovery of the Holy Cross.

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