City of Manfalut, Egypt
Manfalut in Egypt is a populated place located in the Asyut Governorate in Upper Egypt. The anticipated terrain height above sea level of this place is 53 meters. Manfalut is located at a distance of 350 km towards the South of Cairo. As per stats of 2006, the population of this place was 82585 people. The city lies on the west bank of the Nile River and comprises of seven smaller villages which include El Atamna and Beni Shukeir, and Bani Rafe. The city is popular for being the birth place of the famous writer and poet of Egypt, Mustafa Lutfi El Manfaluti. The city today has developed as a major agricultural centre and is popular for its pomegranate production. The local agriculture is chiefly involved in cotton production as well. In 1993, the city managed to become a strong Islamic center in Egypt. Manfalut remained on Egyptian news channels for a long time due to the devastating bus-train collision which took here on the 17th of November 2012 and resulted in a toll of death of 51 children who lost their lives in this major mishap.
Tourist places in Manfalut
Manfalut in Asyut manages to attract a large number of tourists coming to Egypt. The major attractions here include
The village of El-Maabda is located on the east bank of river Nile just opposite to Manfalut, northeast to this village are the Old Kingdom Tombs. Standing on the plateau of the Arabian Desert are the Crocodile Caves which still display the few remains of the crocodile mummies.
To the south of the village is Gebel Qurna which is known to be present since the reign of Sethos II. Towards the east is the Coptic monastery which has a Greek origin. Next is the Gebel-Marag which has many rock tombs from the ancient Kingdom which were once in the possession of princes and dignitaries of the Snake mountain nome. The tombs are divided into two groups’ northern and older southern group and the tombs of Djaw and Ebe are among the most interesting once. Also, are the Princes of the Snake Mountain and Abydos nomes which still have harvest scenes, reliefs of craftsmen and fishing and hunting scenes in them.
Located in the Manfalut City, it’s a mosque which was founded by Prince Ali Al-Kashef Jamal Al-Deen as his masterpiece, the mosque or the masjid still bears his name and is located in the Al Qessaria street.
Deir el-Gabrawi is another small town lying to the east of river Nile just in front of Manfalut city in Assyut in Upper Egypt. The necropolis here is famous and dates back to the 6th dynasty. The same is made up of a number of tombs carved in the eastern mountain to act as the burial place of rulers, princes and governors who were at power in the 12th Nome of Egypt. The tombs cut from rock were surrounded by many paintings and reliefs. The most important tombs that were found in this area are the Ibi and Gawa tombs where one can witness the many vivid depictions of daily life sketched as religious scenes. The walls of these tombs were stolen in the year 1990 but after this these were replaced and recuperated to the original site.
This place is a district capital located between the Nile and the Ibrahimiya Canal. It’s a market town for the areas nearby and the also touted to be the seat of a Coptic Bishop. The place is said to have traces from the prehistoric settlement era and also a necropolis belonging ot the early Historical period alongside a Coptic Monastery.
Cities located near Manfalut
The major cities that are located near Manfalut along with their distance from the place are the following; Asyut, Egypt (15.9 miles), Al Minya, Egypt (56.91 miles), Suhaj, Egypt (68.65 miles), Mallawi, Egypt (30.17 miles), Jirja, Egypt (88.08 miles), Akhmim, Egypt (70.44 miles), Tahta, Egypt (49.75 miles), Samalut, Egypt (71.09 miles), Abu Tij, Egypt (28.29 miles), Abnub, Egypt (11.48 miles), Al Qusiyah, Egypt (12.94 miles), Dayrut, Egypt (19.7 miles) and Abu Qurqas, Egypt (43.69 miles).
In all, City of Manfalut has a lot to offer history lovers while offering them a treat of the remains and glimpse of yester years here.