El Sheikh Ibada El Minya, Egypt information, tours, prices, booking
El Sheikh Ibada is a modern village which located on the East Bank of the Nile. In fact, El Sheikh Ibada is about 10 kilometer north east of Mallawi in El Minya, Egypt. Near El Sheikh Ibada, there are ruins of a Roman town which named Antinopolis. In fact, the Roman town founded by the Emperor Hadrian in 130 AC. The emperor built this town to memorize his friend Antinous who drowned in the Nile. By the time of the Roman era, the town became common for cults. In fact, the cults established for those who drowned and the deceased which deified. In the tragic legend attached to the town, Antinous was a handsome young servant boy. Moreover, he was a favorite of Hadrian and drowned while touring Egypt with his master.
The Emperor became so dejected and ordered to build hundreds of sculpted statues and busts. In fact, the busts and statues portrayed the handsome features of the boy. Moreover, the emperor founded the town in his name. Many of the busts of Antinous can seen in European museums. Almost nothing remains of Antinopolis now at El Sheikh Ibada village. In fact, the site visited by the Napoleonic Expedition in the late 18th century. Moreover, in that time, there were still extensive ruins of a Roman portico. In fact, these ruins illustrated in “Description l’Egypte”. Napoleon’s savants recorded the existence of large parts of the city walls. In fact, the site of El Sheikh Ibada housed columned streets and a monumental gate. Moreover, the site also houses two temples and a theater one day.
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A hippodrome, presumably used for chariot races, lay further east in the desert. Moreover, a large temple built during the Graeco-Roman period. In fact, this temple destroyed during the 19th century. Moreover, there were earlier structures near El Sheikh Ibada site. In fact, the structures were on a caravan route. The route connected the Nile to the centers of commerce on the Red Sea. The largest remains of these monuments located to the west of the Roman town. In fact, it is a temple which decorated by Ramses II. Moreover, the temple dedicated to Thoth and the gods of El Ashmunein and the gods of Heliopolis. Furthermore, there are also Parts of a columned courtyard, hypo-style hall and a sanctuary.
The archaeology at El Sheikh Ibada investigated by an Italian Mission. In fact, the mission was from the University of Rome between 1965 and 1968. The Egyptian Minister of Culture announced in March 2009 that a talatat block found at the site. This block dates back to the Amarna period. In fact, the block which re-used in a Christian church some time, has a relief. In fact, the relief depicts the image of an Amarna queen who wears a vulture headdress. Though, this image is an image of Akhenaten’s wife Nefertiti.