|Outside the main city lie the ruins of Bubastis, one of Egypt's
ancient capitals. This was once one of Egypt's greatest cities.
Building continued in it from the 4th
dynasty down to the 22nd
dynasty. Unfortunately there is nothing left of it but rubbles.
Bubastis had once a great temple dedicated to the cat-goddess,
the chief deity of the ancient city.
Few meters away of the site there is the cat cemetery. It
has underground galleries of bronze cat statues as found from
About 70 km (44 miles) northeast of Zagazig City was another big ancient
city called Tanis. The city was once a capital and now it
is also in ruins. The city, however, has been excavated by
the Egyptian government and few monuments have been discovered.