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Minya, Egypt

Full nameMinya
Native nameالمنيا
Elevation154.2 ft (47 m)
Total Population221547 (2006)
Other information
Time zoneEST (UTC+2)
Area code086

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Minya ( ‎ , -arzelˈmenjælang) is the capital of Minya Governorate in Upper Egypt. It is located approximately 245 km (152.2 mi) south of Cairo on the western bank of the Nile River, which flows north through the city. The name of the city is derived from its Ancient Egyptian name Men'at Khufu meaning the nursing city of Khufu, linking it to the Pharoah Khufu or Cheops, founder of the Great Pyramid at Giza.

The name Minya may also have originated from the city's name in Sahidic Coptic Tmoone ( ) and in Bohairic Thmonē ( ), meaning "the residence", in reference to an early monastery formerly in the area. It is the city where the Codex Tchacos was discovered.

Minya is dubbed by the locals "Bride of Upper Egypt", in reference to its strategic location in Middle Egypt as a vital link between the north and the south of Egypt. Minya has one of the highest concentration of Christian Coptic population in Egypt (approximately 50% of total population). It is the home city of the Minya University, Suzanne Mubarak Center for Arts, the new Minya Museum, and the regional North of Upper Egypt Radio and TV.

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