Finally – Amarna in the 21st century

Dear followers,

we are very happy to announce the release of the third vol. of our series KBSAÄ!! Amarna in the 21st century, available at amazon and all other platforms!

You will get a first glimpse at google.books :

Now share the joy and tell everybody about our new book!

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Where to rent a flat in Cairo?

It´s more or less a philosophical question where exactly you would like to live in Cairo. As we all know the city is VERY large and has many faces. The famous novel by Naguib Mahfouz explains another character trait of the city: Cairo is a cosmos of districts, villages and street communities. In German we have a word for this: the Kiez. People live in one part of the city most of their live and hardly ever leave it. The community there is strong and sometimes embossed with the charateristics of their people.  It is impossible to talk about all quarters of the city. As far as I know from my own experience there are some parts of the city popular with tourists, vistors and foreigners so that we can concentrate on them for the start.

The first question you have to ask yourself is – in my opinion- one of the most important: Do you want to live in a mostly Egyptian Community or do you like to have some other international neighbors? There are parts of the city that are very international and quiet modern while other charming quarters are more or less in the hand of the Egyptians only. Before you answer this question, think about yourself! Are you really capable of living in a purely Egyptian nieghborhood? How good is your Arabic? What kind of food do you need for your daily life? How important is comfort to you? And one of the most important questions: Where will you work/study everyday?

Cairo is a traffic-nightmare and since the revolution there are several security issues that have to be reconsidered.

When you have answered those question it is time to think about the perfect part of the city for you to live in.

If you like a international atmosphere and you need a higher comfort there are at least three districts in Cairo that can be recommended:

Garden City



Heliopolis (Masr eg-Gedida, not to confuse with the new plans for “New Cairo”)

and Maadi. There are others, surely but as I said, it is impossible to talk about all disctricts…

Today we will have a closer look at Garden City and Zamalek

Garden City (جاردن سيتى ) is an extension of Downtown (wust al-balad) and a residential area at the East side of the Nile. The eastern border is marked by the famous Qasr al-Ayni-Street while the western border is the Corniche an-Nil and therefore the River itself. Garden City was part of the Europeanisation of Cairo that started during the rule of Khedive Mohammed Ali and his sucessors. Garden City was planned and built by private investors only. The name is not just a lable as Garden City belongs to the greenest areas of Cairo. There are lots of small palaces (qasr) with ornamental decoration, large houses, windy streets and lots and lots of trees. Garden City houses some embassies but is not the International Diplomatic Area as you can read in some travel guides – this surely is Zamalek. The two most important in Garden City are the embassies of the United States of America and the UK. Some of the most important Hotels in Cairo are situated in Garden City as the Four Seasons, the Kempinski, the Grand Hyatt or the Semiramis (although the Semiramis in fact is closer to Down Town and borders on Tahris Square.  Garden City is a kind of “hot spot” for rich foreigners. In past decades it was very famous by Europeans and Americans but now is visited by thousands of Arabs from the Gulf States who normally have rooms in one of the large hotels in the area.

Garden City is – for Cairo – a quiet place, quiet western in design and close to the most important parts of the city like Downtown or Zamalek where lots of foreigners work. Shopping is one of the weaker points in Garden city as it is a more or less pure residential area. On the other hand you will find your small grocery shops and lots of very good restaurants like the famous Taboulee. The flats in Garden City are from high to higher quality and most houses are in old buildings. This means high ceilings, parquet floors, large rooms and so on. Some houses here even have nice spacious balconies. The prices for flats in Garden City are quiet high and so you will not live much cheaper than in Europe (while the flats are normally larger).

Zamalek is –  apart from the walled communities far outside the city centre – surely the most glamorous, gentrified and chichi part of Cairo. And as far away form the life of the normal Egyptian as is New York, Berlin or the moon. Zamalek is an illusion, a bubble of wealth, education and western lifestyle in an ocean that is Cairo. The island therefore easily cheats its inhabitants – Egyptians and Europeans. People who lived in Egypt for years and only lived on Zamalek tend to have a strange view of Egypt and the Egyptians while even the Egyptians living here often think that their lifestyle is the true Egyptian Way of Life. Here you still find the social norms of the times of the kings in order. Social Class is important, money is very important. You see a lot of women without cover, men in modern clothing drinking cocktails and even alcohol on one of the famous roof-top restaurants, you will see expensive cars (German Brands mostly), very good restaurants – from Chinese, Sushi, Thai and Indian to Italian and Libanese, from handmade burgers to the western brands like MacDonalds or Pizzahut (not to forget the famous famous Kentucky Fried Chicken….how could I nearly forget about that???). You can go shopping in expensive botiques, browse in international bookstores like Diwan and finish your day with a water pipe directly at the Nile or a capucchino – you like beer? No problem at all in Zamalek. Lots of bars and pubs will offer you a ice cold drink. Zamalek is the true diplomatic quarter of the city with numerous embassies that sometimes occupy entire streets along with restaurants, shops and some hotels like the Hilton Zamalek or the Marriott. Zamalek is – like Garden City – very green with some parks and in the south of the Island (which is called Gezira “island”) larger parks and the enormous sport clubs. Zamalek is full of shops and  has three western supermarkets. A lot of expensive private schools are to be found here, too.  Galleries, a music school, art schools and the opera are on the Island as well. When you have to stay in Cairo for some months and you are not very interested in learning much about Egypt and th Egyptians, if you need the atmosphere of an international city, Zamalek is probably the best choice for you. A lot of foreigners never leave the Island because of that feeling even when they stay in Egypt for many years. They can never give up  western lifestyle and comfort – this is something I can understand while on the other hand it keeps the people on distance to real Egypt. Zamalek offers comfortable flats but of course is not expensive. What makes the Europeans stay is the fact that with an European Salary you can live the life of the upper 10,000 on the Island. You can have staff cleaning your large flat, you can dine in a restaurant every day, have a coffee here, a shisha there and the best: This is all easily possible without any Arabic. Most people in Zamalek speak English – the Egyptian Upper Class sometimes even uses English or French when they talk with each other because this seems to be very sophisticated. When you see “normal” Egyptians at the streets, men in ghalabbyia, covered women and so on you can be sure that they will leave the Island in the evening. Most of them do not live on Zamalek, they “serve” on the Island.


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Renting a flat in Cairo – what to know

When you want to stay in Cairo for a longer period you may think of renting a flat. You will have your own little kingodm and you can live your life independet. No other guests, no schedules for breakfast and so on. Finding a flat in Cairo is not as hard as you may think. There are a lot of internet platforms that offer flats, here is a short list:

Another option is using one of the black-boards. You will find those in some of the international institions, one of the best is the one of the AUC (American University Cairo). If you like it more personal you can walk around in areas you really like and ask the people already living in that quartier. The best informations you will get from the bawab, the “doorkeeper”. As the janitor and girl for everything in the houses they surely know if there is anything free in their house. That can take some time and of course it is much easier when you speak at least some Arabic. That for sure is always better when staying in Egypt for a longer time and especially when you plan on living in our own flat.

Asking a semsarr (a professional) is surely another option. Most flats offered in the internet are announced by semsarrs as well. They normally have a lost with several flats and can show you the ones you like. Of course you have to pay for their services. The priceds differ a lot but you have to calculate with 1 rent.

Before you start searching for a flat you need to know some things:

Nearly all flats are furnished. The quality of the furniture differs a lot and is not necessarily very high when the flat is very expensive. The typical Egyptian style is opulent and sometimes kind of baroque. “Oriental” furniture is very rare and in most cases only to be found in really exclusive and expenisve flats.

If the flat as been uninhabited for some times, it will be very, very dusty.

Try out the electricity and the hot water

Ask for telephone and internet/TV

Try out the aircondition!!! Some only make the air smell funny….

Think of the story… especially in the summer there are nearly daily black-outs in Cairo. When you come home with your grocery-shopping and heavy water bottles and your flat is on the 7th floor this is not really nice…

Egyptian flats are normally quiet large compared to the price you pay. This can be nice but think about the fact that you maybe live alone in a large apartement. If you don´t like somebody else doing the cleaning for you that is a lot of work.

The next thing is that there is nearly no middle-class option when it comes to the price. You can get really expensive flats and quiet cheap ones. That is not necessarily an indicator for the quality of the flat. When you want to love in Downtown you can get a flat for around 2.500 LE with two bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bathroom while you pay around 7.000 LE for the same flat on Zamalek. It is worth searching for a time because sometimes you will have the chance to get the dream flat for a good price in the perfect location. In general the standards are much lower.

When you found your perfect flat you have to sign a contract. Normally is is a 12month contract and you have to pay a disposit. The contract surely will be in Arabic, so ask your landlord or the semsarr for an English Version.

In the contract there is the price for the flat… but this is not all you have to pay. This is important to know because you will be surprised whatelse you will have to pay for… First of all it is the Bawaab. They will ask you to pay them around 100 LE, with is too much. Ask you Egyptian Neighbours what they pay and then give around 20 % more, that will do. The next is the garbage guy. He will ask you to pay 30 to 50 LE, you will give him 15 to 20 LE. He will scream and lament, don´t react. Then the electricity guy… he will give you a real bill, that´s nice… same for the water in  some houses. Normally you will have a cleaning lady, too. She will receive around 100 LE p. month- which does not mean that she really cleans. Be sure that your money and expensive belongings are locked away. I know, some people will say that it is not nice to say something like that, but I made my experience.

ALWAYS close your door, lock it when you are inside. Like in all big cities are are burglars hanging around in Cairo. They like to break in flats of foreigners, expecting that they are all rich.

There are much more things to say about renting flats in Egypt and more will come but this is a first glimpse!

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El Abd

Weird and Wonderful Cairo

Downtown is always crowded, but you’ll find masses of families outside of Al Abd at night, especially during the hot months. Though one of the most famous pastry shops in Cairo, everyone is waiting for the best ice cream around. Push your way inside to pay and grab your ticket, which you’ll hand to the ice cream scooper outside. They have four standard flavors–chocolate, milk, strawberry, and mango–which are all incredible. Picture from here.

The Dokki branch, sadly, does not have ice cream.

3 LE for a two-scoop ice cream

Oh, and there’s two locations:

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Travel Tips Cairo –

Something really saved my life several times during my last 9 months stay in Cairo – the website!! Not especially for tourists but for people who stay longer in Cairo this service is just great. For German readers: This is the Egyptian version of services like “”. You are hungry but you don´t want to go out? You are tired of the traffic, the crowded streets – or you are just a lazy bone? otlob will save your day!

You can choose from dozens of restaurants all over Cairo – Chinese, Suhsi, Libanese or just a good burger. Here you will surely find something for your taste. The delivery costs are very low – sometimes even free – and the prices of the food are like in the restaurants. Even the cheap places like felfale offer home delivery.

Of course your order sometimes needs a bit time. This means you should choose your food and your restaurant wisely. A pizza ordered in Heliopolis and delivered to Downtown or Zamalek surely will be cold!

I can only recomned that service to all hungry people in Cairo! Enjoy your food!


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Cairo Travel Tips- You don´t like meat? Ok ok!! Here are your places to go!

Being a vegetarian is easy in Egypt. Meat is expensive and so you will find thousands of alternatives. You should be aware of th fact that being a vegetarian is no real option in Egypt. People will not really understand that yozu don´t WANT to eat meat. AND: Chicken and fish are no meat, so when you ask for a meal without meat, there is always the danger you get it with chicken or fish! Oh and by the way, chips are vegetables…

You are always on the safe side when you order koshary (noodles, rice, chickpeas, lentils, onions, tomatoe sauce), tamaya (better known as falafel), molokhyia (a green, slimy soup) or ful (beans).

You can get those dishes literally EVERYWHERE in Cairo along with “salads” like salatat baladi (cucumber, tomatoes, green salad, onions), fattush (green salad, tomatoes, mint, fried bread), cheese cream and so on. Of course some places are better than others even when it comes to easy dishes like falafel.

Tamaya for example is served in different forms. Some love small and crispy falafel, some the soft and small balls other prefer the big, thin and VERY crispy version – like me. Egyptian friends have VERY different opinions where to get the best tamaya in town. El Azaz (Talat Haarb) is a very good adress. Famous and cheap is Felfela – but in my opinion not the best. As long as the tamaya is hot it is quiet good but most of the time it is already cold and bit dry.

Akher Saa (Talat Haarb and Orabi Square) serves big and crispy tamaya with lots of sesame.

Especially tamaya can be very good when you buy it in small (and dirty) street restaurants….

Koshary, in a way the national dish of Egypt, is served EVERYWHERE, from carts, in street-kitchens and of course in restaurants. In general it is the the cheapest full meal you can get but when you choose a well-known place koshery can cost up to 20 LE.

Famous is tom & basl, which you find at lots of spots in Cairo. The most famous shop for sure is Abu Tarek at Sharia Champollion. They only serve koshary in three sizes Be careful- the hot sauce (shatta) is REALLY HOT.

Lots of Egyptians love Tahrir Koshery. My favourite shop has no name. You find it at the back of Sultan Hassan Mosque. The koshery is very good, the sauces spicy and the atmosphere VERY Egyptian. (When you are not a vegetarian try their macaruna bil lahma, pasta with minced meat…it´s fantastic!!).

A famous restaurant chain is Gad but their tamaya is not very good – on the other hand the ful is fantastic – as is the liver (but of course NOT for our vegetarian friends!!)

More tips will come soon!

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Travel Tips Cairo – Abu Ramy, the heaven of meat and meat with meat and meat

You want to eat in Cairo? You want to eat real Egyptian food but you are sick of Koshari, Tameya (Falafel) and lentil soup? I have must-go spot for you:  Zein el Abdin Abu Ramy, (Zenhom, As Sayedah Zeinab Cairo). What do they serve? Meat, meat, meat, meat, meat and meat. Did I mention meat?? This restaurant is the nightmare of all vegetarians and the dream for every carnivore! You don´t order just a bit – you order by kilo! You can choose between lamb, lamb, lamb and lamb in all variations you can imagine. The meat is fantastic – in my opinion the best you can get in Cairo, maybe in Egypt. The meat and meat comes with salads and bread. There is kofta – very tender, spicy and just delicious. The lamb knuckles are tender but crispy and lush. Try the sausage – it is unbelievable!!! Along with those delicacies they serve you with lamb cutelet and other parts of that sweet and delicious animal. The only risk: You will not be able to stop to nosh through all that good food. In the end you will feel stuffed, full, greasy and soooo happy!!

The restaurant itself is not a beauty but the staff is friendly and very fast. The prices are more than moderate and once you visited it once you will always want to go back!!!

As you can see – we love good old Abu Ramy!!!


exact adress:

Ibn Yazid St., Ard Yaqoub, Opposite the Children’s Cancer Hospital, El Madbah
Sayeda Zeinab, Cairo, Egypt.

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‘From Mummies to Microchips: celebrating online Egyptology at Manchester’ – 23-24 July 2015

Egypt at the Manchester Museum

Online Diploma in EgyptologyTo mark the 10th Anniversary of the online Certificate in Egyptology, Egyptology Online @ Manchester is organising a two-day event at The University of Manchester on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July 2014. Speakers have all been associated with Egyptology Online, either as lecturers or examiners (or, in some cases, both). The two day event will end with a buffet reception. The event is open to anyone with an interest in Egyptology.

More information here

14:00 – 14:20 Registration (with tea and coffee)
14:20 – 15:00 Dr Joyce Tyldesley: Egyptology Online @ Manchester
15:00 – 15:40 Dr Glenn Godenho: Where Technology Meets Tradition: Digitising Hieroglyphic Inscriptions
15:40 – 16:00 Refreshments
16:00 – 17:00 Dr Campbell Price: Senenmut, Greatest of the Great
09:45-10:00 Registration
10:00 – 11.00 Prof. Rosalie David: Ancient Egyptian Women: biomedical perspectives on disease, diet, medical treatment and cosmetics
11.00 – 11.20 Refreshments

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Mittelägypten Teil IV / Middle Egypt part IV


Beim heutigen Dorf Sheich Ibada liegen die Ruinen von Antinoopolis. Die Stadt wurde in ihrer heute sichtbaren Form von Kaiser Hadrian gegründet, liegt aber an der Stelle einer deutlich älteren ägyptischen Siedlung. Durch die extrem schlecht durchgeführten Ausgrabungen in Antinoopolis ist die Ruinenstätte heute extrem stark gestört und besteht vor allem aus Löchern und aufgeworfenen Schutthügeln. Von den einstigen Straßenverläufen kann man kaum noch etwas erkennen.

Von touristischem Interesse dürften vor allem der Tempel Ramses II. und einige der schön erhaltenen Gräber sein. Diese erinnern stark an die zeitgleichen Grabbauten im gegenüber gelegenen Tuna el-Gebel. Hier wie dort dominiert zwar der griechisch-römische sowie der koptische Stil, immer wieder bediente man sich aber auch ägyptischer Elemente. Antinoopolis ist nicht unbedingt das sehenswerteste Ziel in Mittelägypten. Ich rate dennoch zu einem Besuch, da man dort wie an kaum einen anderem Ort auch die Schäden betrachten kann, die unsachgemäße Ausgrabungen nach sich ziehen.

Bei meinem letzten Besuch benötigte man kein Ticket für den Besuch. Taxifahrer kennen den Ort oft nicht, fragen Sie deswegen im Hotel nach einem ortskundigen Fahrer.

Close to the modern village of Skeih Ibada you find the ruins of the once important city of Antinoopolis. The city as seen today is a foundation of Emperor Hadrian but it covered a much older settlement from Pharaonic times. The extremly bad excavations destroyed most of the city that today mainly consists of rubble mounds and holes in the ground. The ancient plan of the town is hardly recognizable.

For tourists the most attractive points are the temple of Ramses II and the necropolis. The tombs are build as small houses very similar to those of nearby Tuna el-Gebel. Here and in Antinoopolis the Greco-Roman and Coptic style is dominant but some tomb owners used at least Pharaonic motifs for their houses of eternity. Antinoopolis surely is not the most attractive site in Middle Egypt but nevertheless worth a visit. At least to see what bad excavation work can do to an ancient place.

The last time I visited Antinoopolis there was no need of buying a ticket. Most drivers do not know the place so you need a good taxi-driver with knowledge of the area. Ask at your hotel!


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Hermopolis Magna / al-Ashmunein

Auf dem Weg nach Tuna el-Gebel kommen Sie von Minia aus am Dorf al-Ashmunein vorbei. Dort liegen die Reste der antiken Stadt Schmun bzw. Hermopolis. Die einst bedeutendste Stadt Mittelägyptens mit großen Tempeln ist heute ein ziemlich trauriges Ruinenfeld. Die in der Mitte des Dorfes liegenden Hügel sind tatstächlich Reste einer ausgedehenten römisch-koptischen Siedlung. Noch gut zu erkennen sind die Reste der großen byzantinischen Kirche mit ihren roten Säulen und weißen Kapitellen. Einige archäologische Funde, darunter der berühmte große Pavian, sind in einem so genannten “Freilichtmuseum” ausgestellt, für das man ein Ticket kaufen muss. das lohnt sich aber eigentlich nicht, weil man alles auch gut von Außen sehen kann.

In Hermopolis findet man direkt neben und teilweise unter der Zubringerstraße zum Freilichtmuseum Reste eines großen Kalksteintemples aus der Zeit Amenhoteps III. In unmittelbarer Nähe liegen auch die Reste des einst gigantischen ptolemäischen Thot-Tempels. Die Basen der Kalksteinsäulen sind sehr beeindruckend und die noch etwa einen Meter hoch anstehenden Wände sind mit feinem Relief verziert.

Schon von weitem ist der Pylon eines ramessidischen Amun-Tempels zu erkennen, den Ramses II. und Merenptah errichten ließ. Ihn ihm sind Talatat-Blöcke aus Amarna verbaut worden, die man heute gut erkennen kann. Der Tempel ist durch das ausblühende Salz seiner Steine stark in Mitleidenschaft gezogen und zudem stark von Kamelgras und anderen Pflanzen überwuchter. Reste der Säulenhalle sind noch erhalten.

Zudem gibt es Überreste eines großen und sehr schönen Schreins aus der Zeit Amenemhats I.

Bei einem Besuch von Hermopolis sollten sie unbedingt festes Schuhwerk und lange Hosen tragen! das Kamelgras, das überall wächst ist scharf und man kann sich leicht schneiden. Zudem wimmelt es in Hermopolis von Schlangen! Die Dorfbewohner sehen Touristen nicht besonders gern und es ist in der Vergangenheit – wie auch in Tuna el-Gebel- zu unschönen Vorfällen gekommen. So wurden einmal Gäste von mir mit Steinen beworfen.

Fahrer kennen überlicherweise den etwa 1 bis 1,5 stündigen Weg nach Hermopolis. Besuchen Sie die Stadt am Besten auf dem Weg nach Tuna el-Gebel.

On your way to Tuna el-Gebel you pass the village of al-Ashmunein, ancient Hermopolis, city of Thot. This once most important city of Middle Egypt now lays in ruins. “Hills” in the middle of the modern village are in fact remains of the Roman and Coptic settlement. Still in good condition are parts of the byzantine basilica with its red columns. Some archaeological remains, mainly architecture and some statues, are shown in a so called “Open Air Museum”. The collection includes the famous monumental baboon of Amenhotep III. For a visit you need a ticket that is not worth the 40 L.E. because form outside you have a good look at all objects. Close to the main street that leads to the museum you find the sad remains of the once large temple of Thot built in the reign of Amenhotep III. Some meters from those columns you find the enormous hypstoyle hall of the Ptolemaic Thot-temple that once was nearly as large as the column-hall in Karnak. The walls – around one meter high- show fine relief.

The landscape is dominated not only by the remains of the church but by the pylon of the ramesside Amun-temple as well. The building was erected during the reigns of Ramses II and Merenptah using Talatat-blocs from Amarna. Salt is quickly destroying the decoration. Remains of the first hall are still visible but covered by camel-grass and other plants.

Close to the temple there is the ruin of a nice limestone chapel from the reign of Amenemhat I. with fine decoration.

While visiting Hermopolis you have to wear good shoes and long pants. The camel-grass that grows everywhere is very sharp and you can easily cut yourself. At the same time snakes are plague in Hermopolis. The inhabitants of modern Hermopolis are not very interested in tourist and sometimes bad things happen there: One of my guest on a tour was hit by a stone thrown at his head.

Normally taxi-drivers in Minya know the way to Hermopolis.

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Mittelägypten Teil III / Middle Egypt part III

Fraser Gräber / The Fraser Tombs

Die so genannten Fraser Gräber (oft falsch als Frazer Tombs bezeichnet) bilden eine Nekropole des Alten Reiches, der 4. und 5. Dynastie. Es handelt sich um Felsgräber, die etwa 12 km nördlich von Minia liegen.

In der Nekropole des antiken Akoris besteht aus 15 Gräbern von denen vier Statuen im Halbrelief aufweisen. Die Grabherrn waren königliche Gutsverwalter und Hohepriester der Hathor. Die Gräber sind öffentlich zugänglich, das Ticket kostet 20 L.E. Besonders sehenswert sind die Gräber 1 und 2, die Ni-Ka-Anch I. und II. gehören.

Fragen Sie im Hotel nach einem Fahrer mit guter Ortskenntnis, denn leider sind die Gräber selbst in Minia nicht besonders bekannt. Der Ausflug ist absolut lohnenswert, denn die Gräber sind sehr schön und auch die Landschaft beeindruckend.

The so called Fraser Tombs (often wrong as Frazer Tombs) form a necropolis of the Old Kingdom with tombs from the 4th and 5th dynasty. Thy are located around 12kms north of Minya at the East Bank of the Nile.

The Necropolis of ancient Akoris consits of 15 tombs of which 4 have famous statues in ¾ relief. The tomb owners were administrators of royal farms and high-priests of Hathor. The structures are in a good condition and very beautiful. The necropolis is officially opened for tourists and the ticket costs 20 L.E. The most beautiful tombs are No. 1 and No. 2 that belong to No-Ka-Ankh I. and II.

Not many tourists visit the Fraser tombs. That is the reason why not many taxi-drivers know the exact way. Ask at your hotel for help!

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Tehna el Gebel

Tehna el-Gebel ist der zu der Nekropole der Fraser Tombs gehörige Ort Akoris. Hier findet man Siedlungsreste aus römischer Zeit sowie die Reste von zwei Tempeln. Von den erhaltenen Monumenten sind besonders die Tempel B und C von Interesse. Der Tempel B war dem Amun-Re, König der Götter verehrt. Er wurde unter Ramses II. angelegt und unter Ramses III. erweitert. Lokal kennt man ihn unter dem Namen Nero-Tempel, da der römische Kaiser einen Erweiterungsbau anlegen ließ.

Tempel C ist ein Bau der Spätzeit, möglicherweise der 30. Dynastie, und ist Sobek geweiht. Wie auch der Amun-Tempel wurde für das Heiligtum ein altes Grab genutzt.

Ebenfalls in Tehna el-Gebel finden Sie eine Felsstele Ramses III., die den König vor Sobek-Re und Amun zeigt.

Bei meinem letzten Besuch musste man kein Ticket lösen, üblicherweise gibt es aber eine Eintrittskarte zum Preis von 20 L.E.

Die 10 km von Minia können sie bequem mit dem Taxi fahren, aber auch hier ist ein Fahrer mit Ortskenntnis nötig.

Tehna el-Gebel ist the city to which the necropolis of the Fraser tombs belongs. Here you find remains of a Roman-Coptic settlement and two temples. The most interesting monuments in Tehna are temple B and C. The first was built under Ramses II using a old private tomb. The sancutary was dedicated to Amun-Ra. Ramses III enlarged the structure. Today it is known as „Nero´s temple“ because the Roman emperor built a new temple infront of the old Speos.

The second temple was dedicated to Sobek and was erected in the late Late Period, possibily in the 30th dynasty using an older tomb.

In Tehna you find a rock-cut stela of Ramses III praying to Sobek-Ra and Amun.

You can easily reach Tehna by Taxi. Ask a good local driver! The last time I visited Tehna the ticket office was closed an it was not necessary to buy a ticket. Normally the price is 20 L.E.

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