City of Al-Baliyana, Egypt
El-Balyana or Al-Baliyana in Egypt is a small town located in the modern Sohag Governorate of Upper Egypt. The town lies on the west bank of River Nile and near it is located one of the top visited places in Egypt dating back to the ancient era, which is the city of Abydos. El-Balyana is a major city of the governorate spread over an area of 160 square km. The city was important during the Islamic period and Ancient Egyptian era as well. Presently, the city is inhabited by some nomadic tribes which are Banu Mohamed and Hawara. The most famous tourist places which are located in close proximity to the city of El-Balyana include the Arabat Abidus, Temple of Osiris, Ramses II Temple and the Seti I Temple. Also, many necropolises dating back to the 1st and the 2nd dynasties can also be found here.
About Sohag Governorate
Sohag Governorate is among the major governorates located in the country of Egypt. It lies in the southern part of the country in Upper Egypt and covers a part of the Nile Valley. The governorate is about 72 km from the south of Asyut and Sohag is its capital. The governorate is famous as a chief Coptic Christian center in Egypt. Located here are the White Monastery and the Red Monastery. Akhmim is an important tourist center of the place.
About tourism at El-Balyana
El-Balyana has many monuments dating back to the ancient Egyptian era. Abydos is among the most popular of such sites which even finds place in the top 10 tourist attractions of Egypt. The place was once known as the Holy City and was very important during the ancient era.
Abydos is referred as the most spell-binding places in Egypt which is worth visiting. The place can be easily reached from El-Balyana which lies at just 11 km distance from the same. Most temples at Abydos were constructed during the 13th century BC and most notable among these include the Temple of Seti I, which has an inscription from the 19th dynasty and is today referred as the Abydos King List. Seti I's temple is one of the best conserved temples in Egypt. It honors seven gods: Osiris, Isis, Horus, Amun, Ra Harakhy, Ptah, and Seti I, all of whom can be seen on the walls of the temple. Next is the Temple of Osiris, which is among the most important temples here but the original structure is not much remaining now. Another is the Ramses II Temple which was also built as a dedication to Osiris and still has many wall paintings that are really interesting to gaze at. Abydos lies in the city of El-Balyana in the Sohag Governorate and is among the must visit places when on a tour to the Egypt country.
Another little town located nearby is Dendera which is popular for the Dendera Temple complex that has the Temple of Hathor which has been preserved really well. The complex spreads across a land area of 40000 square meters and is surrounded by a mud brick enclosed wall.
Airports near El-Balyana
The closest major airport to the city of El-Balyana is the Sohag International Airport which is 50 km away from the center of this city. Among others are the Luxor International Airport, which is situated at a distance of 161 km, and Asyut Airport which lies at a distance of 201 km and the Hurghada International Airport, which is at a distance of 312 km from this city. There are some domestic airports located nearby as well, which ensure easy connectivity of this town with many other cities and towns in Egypt.
Some major cities near El-Balyana
El-Balyana in Egypt is well connected to some major cities in Egypt making it easy for travelers to reach the same in order to explore and get a rendezvous with the rich monuments of the past. Closest is the City of Akhmim which lies just 43 km from the city’s center. Travelling from Akhmim city to El-Balyana will take not even an hour by road. Also, there are not one but many routes between the two cities.
In all, El-Balyana has a very rich ancient Egyptian treasure in its arsenal which has made the city a popular place on the Egyptian tourism map.