Beni Hasan
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The site of Beni Hasan lies on the east bank of the Nile near the town of Minya in Middle Egypt. The principal monuments here are Middle Kingdom tombs carved into the cliffs overlooking the river. There are 39 of these tombs, most built for the local governors of the 11th and 12th dynasties (2125-1795 B.C.). The chapels are famous for their vibrantly-painted and well-preserved wall decoration . Four of the tombs (those of Baqet III, Khety, Khnumhotep II, and Amenemhat) are accessible to visitors. Of these, the tomb of Khnumhotep II is the best known, as it contains an important scene showing the arrival of a group of Asiatics to Egypt.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Open daily, 9 AM – 5 PM

TICKET COST:
Egyptian: 2 LE (Students: 1 LE)
Foreign: 50 LE (Students: 25 LE)

Student rates available to bearers of a valid student ID from an Egyptian university or an International Student ID Card (ISIC)

LOCATION:
20 km south of Minya

DIRECTIONS:
BY TAXI: ask for “muqabir beni hassan”
NOTE: Due to heightened security, private taxis are the only reliable way to visit this site. Local police will provide an escort for the vehicle.

FACILITIES:
The site is not wheelchair accessible.
Guides are not provided.

 

Overview of Giza

View of the tombs at Beni Hasan (Gustavo Camps)

 

Desert hunt scene from the Tomb of Khnumhotep II (SCA Archive)