Monument in Asyut

Alexan Palace

Landmark in Asyut

Asyut Barrage

Until the Nile-side Alexan Palace, one of the city’s finest 19th-century buildings, has been renovated and re-opened, the most accessible monument to Asyut’s period of wealth is the Asyut Barrage. Built over the Nil…
Convent in Asyut

Convent of the Holy Virgin

At Dirunka, some 11km southwest of Asyut, this convent was built near a cave where the Holy Family are said to have taken refuge during their flight into Egypt. Some fifty nuns and monks live at the convent, built i…
Island in Asyut

Banana Island

Banana Island, to the north of town, is a shady, pleasant place to picnic. You’ll have to bargain with a felucca captain for the ride: expect to pay at least E£40 an hour.