Qena sits on a huge bend of the river, and at the intersection of one of the main Nile roads and the road running across the desert to the Red Sea port of Port Safaga and resort town of Hurghada. A market town and provincial capital, it is a useful junction for a visit to the nearby spectacular temple complex at Dendara. 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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