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Red Monastery

The Red Monastery, 4km southeast of the White Monastery and hidden at the rear of a village, is one of the most remarkable Christian buildings in Egypt. It was founded by Besa, a disciple of Shenouda who, according …
Monastery in Sohag

White Monastery

On rocky ground above the old Nile flood level, 6km northwest of Sohag, the White Monastery was founded by St Shenouda around AD 400 and dedicated to his mentor, St Bigol. White limestone from Pharaonic temples was …
Ruins in Sohag


The satellite town of Akhmim, on Sohag’s east bank, covers the ruins of the ancient Egyptian town of Ipu, itself built over an older predynastic settlement. It was dedicated to Min, a fertility god often represented…
Cafe in Sohag

Floating Cafe

Moored on the west bank of the Nile, close to the bridge, this Nile-boat-turned-cafe looks tired, but still attracts crowds on a warm evening. There is a basic menu and sometimes a buffet, but avoid eating and stick…
Museum in Sohag

Sohag National Museum

The recently renovated Sohag National Museum displays local antiquities, including those from ongoing excavations of the temple of Ramses II in Akhmim.