Tomb of Beni Hassan
Tomb of Beni Hassan (near Minya) — Known as the Tombs of Beni Hassan, this Ancient Egyptian cemetery was used and built for provincial governors during the Middle Kingdom over an older burial site used during the Old Kingdom period. The tombs reflect shifts in political power between the pharaoh and governors. When pharaohs were weak governors became powerful hereditary rulers and when the pharaoh centralized power, they appointed the governors. In all there are 39 tombs. The most important are the tombs of Kheti, Baqet, Khnumhotep and Amenemhet. These tombs have great reliefs that depict fishing, hunting, weaving, bird trapping, travel and warfare. You’ll also see rare full frontal face illustrations that are outstanding. A visit to the tombs is a full day excursion from Cairo because it takes over 3 hours to get here, arrange transport with a travel agent. The use of the camera flash is strictly prohibited inside the tombs to protect the paintings. Ticket prices: Regular: 30 EGP, Student: 15 EGP.