Abu Mena

Abu Mena

Abu Mena or Abu Mina is an ancient town, monastery complex and Christian pilgrimage center located southwest of Alexandria, Egypt. The site dates back to the early Christianity period in the 4th century AD, as it is the place where Saint Menas, the martyr, one of the saints of the Coptic Orthodox Church, was buried. Later, the site became a significant pilgrimage site for Christians. The ruins include a large basilica church, a nearby church which had probably housed the saint's remains, a large dormitory for poor pilgrims, a residential complex and a Roman bath. Abu Mena was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

Site Information

Country: Egypt

District: Alexandria Governorate

Category: Churches and Monasteries

Site History: 4th Century AD

Oldest Culture: Christian

Later Cultures: Roman

Site Features: Christian Monuments


World Heritage Site

Official Name: Abu Mena

Date of Inscription: 1979

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