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Tunah al Jabal receives 28 tourists

Saturday 18/November/2017 - 03:40 PM
Sada El Balad
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

Tunah al Jabal agrological site received Saturday 28 tourists of various nationalities.

The tourists visited the archaeological sites and tourist attraction areas، in the governorate and learned about the history of ancient Egyptian civilization.

Noteworthy، Egypt’s tourism receipts almost tripled and worker remittances rose in the last three months of its fiscal year، marking another step in the country’s economic recovery from a crippling dollar shortage، according to Bloomberg.

Tourism revenue rose to $1.5 billion in the fourth quarter that ended June 30، from $510 million in the same period a year ago، according to initial central bank data that it shared with Bloomberg. Full-year receipts rose 16 percent to $4.4 billion. Remittances grew 9 percent to $4.8 billion in the fourth quarter، and rose 2 percent to $17.4 billion for the year.

Tunah al Jabal was the necropolis of Khmun (Hermopolis Magna). It is located in Al Minya Governorate in Middle Egypt.

The oldest monument in the area is one of the Boundary Stelae of Akhenaten، up in the cliffs، protected by a glass 'booth'. This makes it quite difficult to see properly، but prevents further erosion.

Later catacombs were dug under the necropolis; these were used to store thousands of sacred mummies of falcons، baboons and ibises.

Near to the modern entrance to the catacombs is the tomb of the 4th century high priest Petosiris. This sepulchre is constructed to look like a temple، resembling Dendera.

The outside is decorated in typical Late Period style، whereas the outer court is ornamented in a Greek style.

The tomb was constructed around the time of the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great، and seems to have been decorated like this to curry favour with the new Ptolemaic rulers.Isadora was a wealthy and beautiful young woman living in Hermopolis during the time when the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius (AD 138–161) ruled over Ægyptus.

She fell in love with a young soldier from Antinopolis (current Sheikh ‘Ibada)، and they wanted to get married. However، her father refused، so the young couple decided to elope. Unfortunately، Isadora drowned while crossing the Nile.

Her body was mummified، and her father built an elaborate tomb for her، featuring a poem of 10 lines inscribed in Greek elegiac couplets. At some time after her death، a cult developed around her tomb.

Isadora's mummified remains are still present، encased in glass، in her mausoleum—a prominent building at Tuna el-Gebel.

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