CAIRO: The Amarna visitor’s center in Minya governorate opened to the public Sunday morning, the Ministry of Antiquities announced on its Facebook page.
Egyptian antiquities Minister Mamdouh Damaty stated that Minya province “will see great popularity among tourists in the coming period,” “commensurate with its historical and archaeological significance as the capital of Egypt during the era of King Akhenaten.”
“Two years after ascending the throne of Egypt, Akhenaten overthrew the old gods in favor of the solar god Aten. He also abandoned Thebes [now Luxor,] Egypt’s historical capital city, and built a new capital dedicated to the Aten’s worship in Minya’s east bank,” archaeologist Sherif el-Saban told The Cairo Post previously.
The city was abandoned and deliberately ignored by followers of God Amun shortly after Akhenaten’s death. “The priesthood of Amun was still powerful enough to force the boy king Tutankhamen, Akhenaten’s successor and probably his son, to declare Thebes as Egypt’s capital city so that their influence on the people was restored,” according to Sabban.