Eng. Adel El-Gendy، a representative for the Ministry of Tourism، said that EGP 400 million was allocated for the first phase of the development of all archaeological points and surrounding areas and roads in various governorates for the path of the Holy Family.
This came during a meeting of the Parliamentary Local Management Committee، chaired by Eng. Ahmed Al-Sijini، in the presence of the governor of Assiut، Eng. Yasser Desouki، to discuss the request submitted by MP Taderis Qaldis to discuss the government and Assiut governorate’s plan to raise the efficiency of some roads leading to tourist areas in Assiut. This came especially after the invitation of Pope Francis to visit the monasteries in Assyut. The journey of the Holy Family in Egypt is of great importance to the Coptic Church and it is a common practice for church groups or specialized travel agencies to arrange tours following along the exact path that the Holy Family is said to have taken. The first main city that the Holy Family stopped in after arriving in Egypt from Bethlehem was Farma، or ancient Pelusium، on the easternmost mouth of the Nile River. Outsiders rarely frequent this once thriving old port city in the Sinai Peninsula nowadays، but it is still host to a number of archaeological excavations – one of which unearthed and began restoring a first century church that was built after the introduction of Christianity to Egypt by St.Mark