For a city of such history, Asyut has surprisingly little to show for itself. In part, this is because much of what survives of ancient Asyut is either unexcavated or survives in the hills on the edge of the irrigation, which is currently off-limits to foreigners. Spiritual tourists did flock to Asyut in 2000 after the Virgin Mary was seen by both Copts and Muslims floating above the Church of St Mark. The apparitions continued for some months.