Beni Hassan lies on the East bank on the Nile River in Al Minya Governorate. It is a necropolis containing approximately 39 tombs belonging to the military leaders and local rulers from the Middle Kingdom, but there are just four tombs opened for public. These tombs were carved in a limestone hill. The Beni Hassan tombs reflect the power of the rulers of the provinces at that time.
What are Beni Hassan tombs famous for?
Beni Hassan tombs distinguish with housing exciting themes and unique style of decoration showing ancient Egyptians daily life activities and different kinds of sport such as wrestling, violent warfare, and military training.
The tomb of Kheity: Kheity was a governor of the nome during the 11th dynasty. The tomb has depictions described the daily life activities during that time such as hunting in the deserts, singing and dancing, soldiers playing sports like wrestling, violent warfare, and military training. Enjoy virtual reality tour for the tomb of Kheity provided by The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
The tomb of Baqete III: Baqete III was the father of Kheity. Baqete III was the governor of the nome during the 6th dynasty. The design of this tomb is very simple, in contrast, inside the tomb as it houses a lot of scenes presenting Baqete III hunting, participating in battles that occurred in the 6th dynasty, and playing sports.
The tomb of Khnumhotep: Khnumhotep was a governor during Amenemhat III period in the 12th dynasty. This tomb is decorated with beautiful scenes showing different military and daily life activities during the Middle Kingdom. Also, it contains his biographical written in 222 columns.
The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut: near Beni Hassan tombs, Queen Hatshepsut founded a temple, aka Istabl Antar temple, dedicated to the goddess Hathour.
Explore Egypt Tours guarantees an enjoyable time in different places through its day tour for Beni Hassan necropolis.