Qena Governorate

Qena Governorate

Qena Governorate extends for 168 km along the Nile River and is 577 km away from Cairo. Sohag governorate borders it in the north and Luxor governorate in the south. Also, it neighbours Al-Bahr Al-Ahmar (Red Sea) governorate in the east and the New Valley governorate in the west.

History of Qena governorate

Qena is one of the 27 governorates of Egypt. This governorate has a deep-rooted history and heritage as the rest of the governorates located in the Nile Valley. Its history and heritage extend as long back as the history of civilization in Egypt. Certainly, we can find a lot about its history in the remaining Ancient Egyptian monuments in Naqada and Dendera.

 Later, Muhammad Ali, who started ruling Egypt in 1805, divided the country into directorates. Accordingly, Girga “Upper Egypt” became one of these directorates. Also, this directorate had several cities including Mishta, in the north, Qena, and Esna, in the south.

With another demonstrative division in 1960, Qena became a governorate. And, thus, it extended from the south of Sohag governorate to Esna City in the south. Finally, in 2009, Luxor split from it to form a new governorate.

Administrative Divisions of the Governorate

Qena governorate consists of the following 11 administrative divisions or 11 central cities:

  1. Abu Tesht.
  2. El Waqf.
  3. Dishna.
  4. Also, Farshut.
  5. New Qena.
  6. Naga Hammadi.
  7. Additionally, Naqada.
  8. Quft (Gebtu or Coptos).
  9. Qena.
  10. Besides, Qus.

The above central cities (Markazes) have rural local units, with subordinated villages.

Attractions in Qena Governorate

Temples of Dendera

The Complex Temple of Dendera is one of the best-preserved temple complexes in Egypt. The whole complex covers some 40,000 square meters and a hefty mud brick enclosed wall surrounds it. This area was used as the sixth Nome of Upper Egypt, south of Abydos. Dendera Temple complex is located 7 km from Qena, and about 2.5 kilometres southeast of Dendera, Qena Governorate, Egypt.

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  1. Qena is one among the 27 Governorates in Egypt. The best part of this city is that its history and heritage goes back to the ancient remaining monuments of Naquada and Dendera. It consists of 11 central cities or administrative divisions. The best monument of ancient times found here is the Temple of Dendera. They are one amongst the best preserved temples in Egypt. The special point to be noticed here is the enclosure is protected by a huge mud wall encompassing the complex. And the wondrous part is that they have withstood the test of times. Again a marvel for the eyes! Do visit along with friends and family. Sometimes I have had to fight with myself as to which place to see and which place in Egypt to leave out. Where ever you see, there is something unique. So my advice is: come to visit this country with ample time in hand so that you do not miss out on something rare and spectacular.

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