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Tuna El-Gabal Tuna El-Gabal
Photo by Raymon Kondos © 2009 Your Egypt

This site served as a necropolisWhat does it mean? for the ancient city of Hermopolis during the Ptolemaic/Greco-Roman eras.

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The necropolis is about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) to the west of Hermopolis.

Aside from tombs made for humans, which are very well arranged in streets and alleys, there is a huge hypogeal catacombsWhat does it mean? for thousands of mummified ibises and baboons, which were considered incarnations of God ThotWho is this deity?.

Also in the necropolis there are remains of Christian basilica (See Image 1) and Roman waterworks that has a 30-meter depth well and a waterwheel (See Image 2).

Expeditions are still ongoing in the site, and there is currently a joint Egyptian-German team carries out excavations.

Among the recent discoveries is a huge mud-brick structure that dates back to the Ptolemaic era. That building has more than 50 rooms and chapels.

Tuna El-Gabal is indeed an ideal site for illustrating the amazing blend between the Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures.

Tomb of Petosiris
Tomb of Isadora
Ibis catacombs
Stela of Akhenaten

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