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Introducing Qena

Ninety-one kilometres east of Al-Balyana, and 62km north of Luxor, Qena sits on a huge bend of the river and at the intersection of the main Nile road and the road running across the desert to the Red Sea towns of Port Safaga and Hurghada. A market town and provincial capital, it was off-limits for a long time. Security restrictions have been lifted, making it a useful junction for a visit to the spectacular temple complex at Dendara, located just outside the town. It’s also the place to be on the 14th of the Islamic month of Sha’ban, when the city’s 12th-century patron saint, Abdel Rehim al-Qenawi, is celebrated.

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