- egyptraveluxe El Minya which is called the 'Bride of Upper Egypt' do to its location which is roughly at the border of Upper and Lower Egypt. It lies about 153 miles south of Cairo and is a center for the manufacture of soap, perfume and sugar processing. It is also the provincial capital. Once a cotton center, there are some fine houses here, though not very old, which housed the Greek and Egyptian cotton barons, but now house government offices. It has a famous historical background as the territory was consider the capital of Egypt during the regin of king Akhenaton, Akhetaten was the capital city of the Dynasty XVIII king, Akhenaten, called by some 'the heretic king'. Akhenaten, formerly Amenhotep IV, built his city in a bay of cliffs on the east bank of the Nile as a centre for the worship of his 'new' religion, Atenism. The ancient city has become a pilgrimage for those of travelers who have been captivated by this unique period of Egyptian history.
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