Middle & Upper Egypt

The land of breathtaking temples, the path of the Holy Family, and warm, hospitable people

The area that stretches from the south of Fayoum to just north of Luxor can be referred to as Middle and Upper Egypt. Egyptians who live in this part of the country are known for their strength of character, generosity, values, and unique spoken dialect. The Holy Family passed through modern-day Asyut on their journey across Egypt. Suhag is home to two of the oldest Coptic monasteries in the world. Many ancient Egyptian monuments from the Middle and Old Kingdoms, as well as Graeco-Roman period, are nestled in the mountains, along the banks of the Nile and in the deserts of Middle and Upper Egypt.

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Hidden Gems

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Buy traditional Akhmim cotton clothing and scarves from Suhag, which is known for hand-loomed cotton and linen textiles.

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Visit the two colossal statues of baboons, the sacred animal to the god Thot, the deity of scholarship and writing, at the former site of Hermopolis, located an hour south of Al-Minya in Al-Ashmunein.

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Explore the variety of fruits and herbs grown on Banana Island in Asyut.

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When visiting the Deir al-Ahmar (the Red Monastery) in Suhag, look closely at the frescoes to spot the layers of paint added over time.

Visit Zawyet Sultan, a small village in Al-Minya with a remarkable step pyramid from the late 3rd Dynasty, among a few other monuments.

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Check out one of the oldest standing mud-brick structures in the world, built around the 3rd century BC, in Suhag at Shunet al-Zebib.

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Explore the subterranean crypts at Dendera Temple in Qena.

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