The Tombs of Beni Hassan
The 39 rock-cut tombs of Beni Hassan, many of them unfinished, are cut into the cliff side above the Nile (below left) around 20km south of Minya. These Middle Kingdom tombs reflect the independence of the powerful Princes of Beni Hassan (2100 to 1900 B.B.) who chose to have grand burials locally rather than in the traditional necropolis of Saqqara. Only 4 of the tombs are currently open to tourists. The tomb of Kheti (below right) is particularly memorable for east wall with its unique compendium of wrestling positions.