El-Minia is the capital of a governorate of the same name. It is located 247 K.M south of Cairo. The name is derived from that of a Pharaonic region namely;(CheopsíMenat), now called Zawiet Sultan. It has witnessed all the historical ages of Egypt, as shown in the following antiquarian sites:
Zawiet Sultan ( Zawiet El-Mwat )
It is located 10 K.M southeast of Minia, and it dates back to the Old Kingdom. It has remains of a pyramid from the third dynasty, and a cemetery from the sixth dynasty.
An Old Kingdom site, about 7 K.M northwest of Minia. The most important monuments date back to the Greek era, like the Temple of Nero, and a chapel of the goddess Hathoor from the Petolmic period, In addition to remains of some temples from the roman period and some tombs from the Coptic era.
Old Kingdom tombs, About 5 K.M northeast of Minia.
Al-Amrawi mosque: Fatimid style, the first mosque built in Minia after the Islamic advent into Egypt. Al-lamati mosque: Fatimid style, built in 549 H. Al-Fooli mosque: Andalusian style, built in 1363 H.
Church of bishop Bahor from the fourth century. It lies at the village of Sawada, about 4 K.M southeast of Minia.
In addition to these monuments, Minia boasts with a lot of other attractions, namely: Minia university, The Enlightenment Center, Suzan Mubark Art Center, The Modern Art Museum, Middle Egypt T.V & Radio, The Corniche of the Nile; which is matchless in Egypt, comfortable and deluxe hotels, clubs, and tourist boats. Also, the New Town of Minia, and the Industrial zone which carry a promising future for the coming generations.
It is a quiet and a beautiful town that pleases tourists, and the Egyptians feel astonished when they visit it for the first time.