City of Tahta, Egypt
Tahta in the Sohag Governorate of Egypt is located in Upper Egypt along the west bank of the River Nile. Tahta is popular for the birth of a famous writer which is Refaa El Tahtawy and Sheikh Said El Naqshabandy. The city is situated in between Asyut and Akhmim and is made up of many small villages and town. The major source of economy for this city is trade and agriculture and Tahta is among the famous centers for the furniture industry known after Dameitta.
About Sohag Governorate
The Sohag Governorate lies in the southern part of the country and covers a part of the Nile Valley. Sohag managed to remain as the capital of the Sohag Governorate since 1960, before which Girga was the capital city and the Governorate too was named as the Girga Governorate. Some more cities that are a part of the Sohag Governorate include Akhmim, Dar el-Salam, El-Mansha, El-Balyana, El-Maragha, El-Usayrat, Girga, Juhayna, Sakulta, Sohag and Tima.
Two famous monasteries near Tahta
Two famous monasteries located near Tahta in Sohag Governorate are the Red Monastery and the White Monastery. These two monastic churches are among the richest surviving Coptic archeological sites in Egypt. A part of these two monasteries dates back to the earlier era of Christians. The two churches display a combination of Roman civic, Pharaonic and Christian architectural styles exhibited amazingly. The White Monastery which is the larger one is made from white limestone and was once used by communities of nuns and monks during the mid 5th century. Red Monastery on the other hand is much smaller and made from red brick. Both monasteries exhibit exceptional figural paintings and sculptures which belong to the time from fifth to the fourteenth centuries. The two monasteries were constructed in what was once an arid desert land and due to this the two churches now stand a risk of rising water levels due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam and due to the need of cultivating newer fertile lands in the vicinity.
More about Tahta
Tahta is not among the most famous tourist destinations of Egypt, but due to its well-connectivity with many popular cities reaching the same is not very difficult or time consuming. The total population of this town is 90591. Some villages that are a part of the Tahta jurisdiction are Bani Harb and Nezlt Elkady alongside Banja, El-Sawalem, Sahttoura and Al-Koum al-Asfar. Famous people who were born at Tahta and earned ample popularity in life are Rifa’ael Tahtawi and Naguib Sawiris.
Reaching Tahta city is much easy due to its well-connectivity and small distance with many international airports. The closest major airport to this is the Sohag International Airport which is located at a distance of 79 km from the main center of the city. Asyut Airport is another airport which has regular domestic and international flights and lies at a distance of 95 km from Tahta city.
Tourist Attractions in Tahta
There are not many tourist attractions in Tahta but two places that are visited by tourists from all over include Sidi Gharib and Maqam as Sittat al Ashraf. Maqam as Sittat al Ashraf is a religious building which is located in Tahta in the Sohag Governorate known among people coming here to seek blessings of the almighty. Sidi Gharib on the other hand is another place of religious interest made as a tomb and located just at a distance of 1 km from Tahta.
Bani Ammar in Tahta
Bani Ammar is a village near Tahta where the major occupation of the inhabitants are agriculture, the place was found in 1809 and has a detailed scientific description about the modern Egypt which was penned by the French Scientists during the expedition of napoleon in Egypt from 1798 to 1801. 10th April is the national day at Bani Ammar, which is an important date in the history of this city and began getting celebrated from 1799. On this day, people faced the French troupes who invaded under Napoleon the whole region of Upper Egypt. Bani Ammars are people who are believed to have emigrated from Arabian Island and are close relatives to Juhainas.