Sheikh 'Ibada

Sheikh 'Ibada is the site of the ancient Antinopolis. This Roman city was founded by the emperor Hadrian to commemorate his deified young lover, Antinous. It is situated on the east bank of the Nile, nearly opposite Hermopolis Magna, not far from where Antinous drowned in 130 A.D.

The site was on a caravan route connecting the Nile to centres of commerce on the Red Sea, and there are Pharaonic remains nearby. The largest of these monuments is a temple decorated by Rameses II. This temple was dedicated to Thoth and the gods of el-Ashmunein (across the river) and the gods of Heliopolis. Parts of a columned courtyard, hypostyle hall and sanctuary still survive.

Sheikh 'Ibada was investigated by an Italian Mission from the University of Rome between 1965 and 1968.

Adapted from Wikipedia and www.egyptsites.co.uk

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Sheikh Ibada in Global Egyptian Museum and in egyptsites

Location of Sheikh Ibada

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