Beni Hasan Archaeological Site (بني حسن‎)

Beni Hasan Archaeological Site

Location: 20 km (12 mi) South of Al Minya

Open: daily


Description of Beni Hasa Archaeological Site

Beni Hasa Archaeological Site is an ancient burial complex that is located 20 km (12 mi) South of Al Minya in Minya Governorate in Egypt. Limestone cliffs on the eastern bank of the Nile river known as Beni Hasa Archaeological Site were chosen as a safe haven for the bodies of the ancient Egyptian elites. Body preservation was an important part of pagan beliefs. One couldn't hope for a proper afterlife with out body being preserved in a physical world. It was extensively used during Middle Kingdom between 21st and 17th century BC during reign of 11th and 12th Dynasties. In total there were constructed 39 tombs in Beni Hasa. Their walls were covered by beautiful frescoes and sacred texts. Some of the colors are still preserved despite centuries of neglect and abandonment. Unfortunately today only four burial chambers are open to the public. this include Tomb 2 of Amenemhet or Ameni, Tomb 3 of Khnumhotep II, Tomb 15 of Baqet III and Tomb 17 of Khety, son of Baqet.