Abu Mena World Heritage Site

Town, monastery complex and Christian pilgrimage center in Late Antique Egypt. WHS#90

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Abu Mena
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Religious Complex at Abu Mena (XIII).jpg
LocationAlexandria Governorate, Egypt
CriteriaCultural: (iv)
Reference90
Inscription1979 (3rd session)
Endangered2001–
Area83.63 ha (0.3229 sq mi)
Coordinates30°50′28″N 29°39′49″E / 30.84105°N 29.66349°E / 30.84105; 29.66349
Abu Mena is located in Egypt
Abu Mena
Location of Abu Mena in Egypt

Abu Mena (also spelled Abu Mina; Coptic: ⲁⲃⲃⲁ ⲙⲏⲛⲁ; Arabic: أبو مينا‎  pronounced [æbuˈmæyːnæ]) was a town, monastery complex and Christian pilgrimage centre in Late Antique Egypt, about 50 km (31 mi) southwest of Alexandria. Its remains were designated a World Heritage Site in 1979. There are very few standing remains, but the foundations of most major buildings, such as the great basilica, are easily discernible.

Recent agricultural efforts in the area have led to a significant rise in the water table, which has caused a number of the site's buildings to collapse or become unstable. The site was added to the list of World Heritage in Danger in 2001. Authorities were forced to place sand in the bases of buildings that are most endangered in the site.


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