Minya Governorate
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Minya Governorate
Minya Governorate
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Official logo of Minya Governorate
Minya Governorate on the map of Egypt
Minya Governorate on the map of Egypt
Coordinates: 28°07?N 30°07?E / 28.11°N 30.11°E / 28.11; 30.11Coordinates: 28°07?N 30°07?E / 28.11°N 30.11°E / 28.11; 30.11
Country Egypt
SeatMinya (capital)
 o GovernorEssam El Badawy[2]
 o Total32,279 km2 (12,463 sq mi)
(March 2019)
 o Total5,807,000[1]
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
HDI (2017)0.657[3]

Minya Governorate (Arabic: Muf?et El Minya) is one of the governorates of Upper Egypt. Its capital city, Minya, is located on the left bank of the Nile River.[4]


The name originates from the chief city of the governorate, originally known in Sahidic Coptic as Tmoone and in Bohairic as Thmon?, meaning "the residence", in reference to a monastery formerly in the area. The name may also originate from the city's name in Egyptian Men'at Khufu.


The rate of poverty is more than 60% in this governorate, where the total population is nearly 6 million. Recently the government has provided some assistance via social safety networks, specifically, some financial assistance to residents with disabilities, and job opportunities for them and others. The funding has been coordinated by the country's Ministry of Finance and with assistance from international organizations.[5]

Municipal divisions

The governorate is divided into municipal divisions with a total estimated population as of March 2019 of 5,807,919. In the case of Minya governorate, there are a number of aqsam and marakiz, and a new city. Sometimes a markaz and a kism share a name.[6][7]

Municipal Divisions
Anglicized name Native name Arabic transliteration Population
(July 2017 Est.)
Abu Qirqas ? Ab? Qurq?s 604,773 Markaz
El Idwa ? Al-'Idwah 281,729 Markaz
Minya ? Al-Miny? 679,821 Markaz
Minya 1 Al-Miny? 1 46,999 Kism (fully urban)
Minya 2 Al-Miny? 2 108,689 Kism (fully urban)
Minya 3 ? Al-Miny? 3 89,790 Kism (fully urban)
Beni Mazar ? ? Ban? Maz?r 639,122 Markaz
Deir Mawas ? ? Dayr Maw?s 412,089 Markaz
New Minya ? Mad?nat al-Miny? al-Jad?dah 15,122 New City
Maghagha ? Magh?ghah 596,474 Markaz
Malawit Gharb ? Malawi? Gharb 488,482 Markaz
Mallawi ? Mallaw? 184,048 Kism (fully urban)
Mallawi ? ? Mallaw? 748,372 Markaz
Matai ? ? May 319,592 Markaz
Samalut ? Sam?l 311,817 Markaz

Cities and towns

As of 2018, 10 cities (or towns) in Minya had a population of over 15,000 inhabitants.[8]

Cities and towns with over 15,000 inhabitants
English name Native name Arabic transliteration Nov. 1996 Census Nov. 2006 Census Population
(July 2017 Est.)
Abu Qirqas Ab? Qurq?s 50,031 57,892 78,134
El Idwa Al-'Idwah 13,553 15,875 22,583
Minya Al-Miny? 201,440 236,043 245,478
New Minya ? Al-Miny? al-Jad?dah 68 4,567 15,122
Beni Mazar ? Ban? Maz?r 52,690 79,553 100,201
Deir Mawas ? Dayr Maw?s 33,197 40,640 52,658
Maghagha ? Magh?ghah 60,405 75,657 102,328
Mallawi ? Mallaw? 119,285 139,929 184,048
Matai May 36,953 46,903 71,263
Samalut Sam?l 75,437 91,475 122,919


According to population estimates from 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 18.9%. Out of an estimated 5,566,702 people residing in the governorate, 4,683,284 people live in rural areas as opposed to only 979,418 in urban areas.[9]


Little is known today about Minya Governorate[opinion] compared to its great wealth[peacock prose] of archaeological sites. Its history, including Ancient Egyptian, Hellenistic, Roman and Arab periods, has not yet received the full attention of scholars.[a fact or an opinion?]

Ancient Egyptian period

Dehnet, Fraser Tombs, Sharuna, and Zawyet el-Maiyitin comprise monuments dating back to the Old Kingdom.

The village of Bani Hasan al Shurruq houses 390 rock-cut decorated tombs and chapels from the Middle Kingdom (2000-1580 BC, especially the sixteenth dynasty). The Speos Artemidos is nearby, and hosts temples built by Queen Hatshepsut.

Akhetaten was built by Pharaoh Akhenaten and dedicated to the god Aten. Akhenaten lived there in isolation with his wife, Nefertiti, and daughters, devoting himself to the monotheistic religion that he preached. The glorious remains of the palaces, temples and tombs still exist today.[when?]

Other significant archaeological sites in the governorate of Minya include Deir Abu Hinis, Deir el-Bersha, El-Sheikh Sa'id, and Tuna el-Gebel.

Greco-Roman period

El Ashmunein (Hermopolis Magna) was the capital of the region during this period. It was the main center of worship of the god Thoth. Today, the ruins of a Greek temple, similar to the Parthenon, can be still found.

The tomb and chapel of Petosiris are found near the modern village of Tuna el-Gebel.

Antinoöpolis was built in 130 A.D. by the Roman emperor Hadrian in memory of his favourite and eromenos Antinous.

Byzantine period

The Monastery of the Virgin Mary at Gebel el-Teir is an important Christian site near the city of Samalut. Its church was built by Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, in 328, on one of the sites where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed during its Flight into Egypt.

Oxyrhynchus was an important administrative center during the Hellenistic Period, and remains an important archaeological source for papyri from the Byzantine Egypt.

Arab period

Maghagha hosts the mosque of the famous Muslim Zayid ibn al Mugharah.

Modern history

Today, Minya Governorate has the highest concentration of Coptic Christians of 50% of the total population.[ambiguous] There are also a number of active monasteries in the region.

In 2018, a Coptic cathedral was consecrated by Pope Tawadros II in the small village of Al Ur, near Samalut. The new cathedral was dedicated to the 21 Coptic Martyrs of Libya, thirteen of whom were from Al Ur.[10]


In February 2019, fifty mummy collections wrapped in linen, stone coffins or wooden sarcophagi dated back to the Ptolemaic Kingdom were discovered by Egyptian archaeologists in the Tuna El-Gebel site. 12 of the graves in four burial chambers 9m (30ft) deep, belonged to children. One of the remains was the partly uncovered skull enclosed in linen.[11][12]

In May 2020, Egyptian-Spanish archaeological mission headed by Esther Ponce revealed a unique cemetery consist of one room built with glazed limestone dating back to the 26th Dynasty (so-called the El-Sawi era) at the site of ancient Oxyrhynchus. Archaeologists also uncovered bronze coins, clay seals, Roman tombstones and small crosses.[13][14][15][16]


Ibrahimiya Canal, Minya

In 1981, the Basic Village Service Program (BVS) of USAID, had several water, and road projects, going on in several markazes in the Minya Governorate.[17] In 2013, The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security helped farmers in Minya by doing consultation work with them and taking soil samples.[18]

National holiday

The national holiday of the Minya governorate is on 18 March. It commemorates those who were executed by the British at Deir Mawas on 18 March 1919.

Industrial zones

According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment (MOI), the following industrial zones are located in this governorate:[19]

  • Al Matahra, east of the Nile
  • Heavy industrial zone - Wadi el Sararyah
  • New Minya

Agriculture and industry

Man working in a limestone quarry.

Minya Governorate is an important agricultural and industrial region. Among its principal crops are sugarcane, cotton, beans, soybeans, garlic, onions, vegetables of various sorts, tomatoes, potatoes, watermelons, and grapes. Among the leading local industries are food processing (especially sugar and the drying and grinding of onions), spinning and weaving of cotton, perfumes, oils and fats, cement-making, quarrying (especially limestone), and brick-making.[20]

Important sites

Monasteries in the Minya Governorate

Notable people


  • Total area: 32,279 km².
  • Percentage to total area of Egypt: 3.2%.
  • Population: around 5.8 million
  • Population density: 115 people/km²
  • Rural population:
  • Percentage to the whole population of Egypt: 5.1%
  • Population growth rate:
  • Minya Governorate administrative divisions: 9 localities, 57 local administrative units, 346 small villages, and 1,429 tiny villages.

See also


  • The Egyptian Tourist Authority, - ETA.


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  18. ^ "UN Beneficiary Stories by UNIDO" (PDF). United Nations (unocha). Retrieved 2016.
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